Luke, Micah, and Proverbs

October 10, 2014

Now it came to pass, afterward, that he went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities–Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for him from their substance. (Luke 8:1-3)
      Jesus, come through our communities. Raise up more women who will minister to you. Raise up vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.

And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to him from every city, he spoke by a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Luke 8:4-
      Lord Jesus, please help me to sow seeds that will produce a rich harvest. Whatever it takes, help me go out into the harvest fields that you have prepared for me to walk in.

But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15)
      Holy Spirit, help me to have a noble and good heart, keep your word in my heart, and help me bear fruit with patience.

For all people walk each in the name of his god, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever. (Micah 4:5)
      Help me to walke in your name, LORD, forever and ever.

The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29)
      Lord, help me to be righteous.

WORD: Look to me for blessing.
WORD: Keep coming into my presence and I will bless you.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Micah 3:9-4:5: Acts 24:24-25:12: Luke 8:1-15
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Micah 5:1-4,10-15: Acts 25:13-27: Luke 8:16-25

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the ill and the dying caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for wisdom and compassion for the governments of the world as they confront this epidemic.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5:10 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre 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
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Ted (volunteer in his 80s) — We prayed for him, for his granddaughter Camille, and for my wife Jean.

Dan (staff) — His kids are doing OK. We prayed for blessing on the whole family.

+ 199 Danny (32) and Tanya (29) — I asked Danny if he had ever given his life to Jesus. He said, “No. That would be a big step.” I challenged him to take it, which he did. He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted the cleansing of forgiveness. I asked the two of them if they had ever prayed together before and they said, “Once.” They prayed silently together there at the table. I urged them to pray about getting married (they are in a “relationship”).

Gary (staff) — We prayed that his son Chris and his girlfriend Suzy will come to Christ and get married. We also prayed for Gary’s niece Jessica who was arrested for heroin possession.

+ 199 Christian (volunteer) — This teenager made a first-time commitment to Jesus.

Albany Intercessor


Luke 6, Hosea 14, and Psalm 106

October 6, 2014

And he spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? (Luke 6:39)
      Lord, there is a deep ditch dug for the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church and for those who follow them. Have mercy on us.

A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. (Luke 6:40)
      Jesus, help us to be teachers who teach as you did and still do.

And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye. (Luke 6:41-42)
      Holy Spirit, please help us see our “planks” for what they are.

O Israel, return to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity; (Hosea 14:1)
      LORD, help the Episcopal Church return to you and forsake its iniquity.

Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the LORD! (Psalm 106:48 )
      LORD, we bless you say, “Amen!” to you.

WORD: Show forth my love to others.
WORD: Look to me for guidance and direction.
WORD: Yield yourself to me today.
WORD: Call my people back to me. I will welcome them with open arms.
WORD: Pray for hearts that desire what I desire.
WORD: I continue to uphold you.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Hosea 14:1-9: Acts 22:30-23:11: Luke 6:39-49
Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Micah 1:1-9: Acts 23:12-24: Luke 7:1-17

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the thousands of orphans caused Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Extended families are afraid to take in these children because they have been exposed to their dead parents’ illness.

***** PRAYER TABLE, ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014; 11-12:30 in our Parish Hall during Community Meal. Deacon Alan Hart and Anne DeGroff presiding at His table today.)

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

t,a — SHARON — Asked for prayer for relief of pain she is having because of a serious illness. Also wanted prayer that her home situation will improve. (She is trying to be accepted into a nearby apartment complex.)

t — MARILYN — She is suffering from a gradual loss of eyesight. We prayed for healing.

a — BECKY — Sought prayer for back and leg pain she is having due to moving to a new home.

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(Monday, Sept. 29, 20-14; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. In addition to crosses, non-perishable food and some clothing items besides winter hats/socks/gloves, we also passed out laundry soap and toothpaste and toothbrushes, paper goods, etc. We also gave out 18 copies of the Gospel of John — 10 written in Spanish, 8 in English. John Banfield, James Bryant and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

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

REBECCA — She wasn’t feeling well today. Her throat hurts and she didn’t sleep well. We prayed for healing and for her to get some rest.

t — JAMES — Stopped for prayer and the cross only. He had a serious prayer concern. The Lord knows the details.

a,t — SHARON — This is the same lady who came to the table SUnday. We repeated her prayer desires with a “booster shot prayer.”

a — BIANCA — Comes to the table quite often for prayers to drive away demons she says are always hounding her. She says whenever we pray for them to be driven away, they “stay away” for awhile but always come back. We prayed this time for them to go straight to Jesus to bind up and do with what He will.

a,t — CONSUELA — This older woman with a serious illness comes EVERY Monday now with her caregiver for prayer for healing. We gave thanks for the healing that has gone on already and that God will continue and complete that healing.

ALBERTO — Asked for prayer that everyone in the world who has cancer will be cured. He also asked that a relative of his (PAPEL) who is in jail will be safe and will get free soon.

t,a — CATHERINE — Has pains in her legs and is having trouble walking. (Deacon Alan went to her car parked in the parking lot to anoint her and pray for her.)

NANCY — Got a blessing to be safe and well.

t — FREDDY — Came from the meal across the street at the Masonic Temple and took a cross. He asked about possibly getting baptized in our church. (He has since been in communication with Father Neal.)

a — SHERRY — She is very, very nervous about having a blood transfusion this week. She has never had one before. We prayed for her to be calm and safe during this procedure and for her health to improve.

a — DARCY — This woman comes every Monday to be anointed and blessed for continue safety and provision.

t, a — ERICA — Simply asked for a prayer of blessing.

JAMES — First-time visitor. Asked for prayers for safety and protection.

OLDER MAN IN WHEELCHAIR (no name given; didn’t understand English) — We simply gestured that we wanted to pray for him, and he understood. Then he gladly accepted one of our John’s gospel books written in Spanish.

BOB — This man walks up every week usually just as we are closing the table up for the day. He got prayers for continued healing of his heart.

t,t,t — YVONNE — Came for the second week in a row. This time she took three crosses and got prayer for safety and good health.

***** Prayer Table September 24, 2014, St. John’s Johnstown, NY
(+ denotes cross given)

++ Chelsea and Courtney: for guidance and wisdom
Windy: prayers of thanks for healing of her mom, Eileen. Also protection for Barbara and healing for Lester
+Margaret: for employment. for all members of her family–John, Jennifer and Dorothy and others.
+Lois: more prayers to find Sweetie, her vat.
++ Adam: for grandma Rosemanry and for employment
Peter: for Cassie
+Jinny: for good health
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Prayer Table for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bridget: safety and health
+ Bruce: hip operation on Nov 1st
victor: for dogs Ozzie and Buddy
Marc: for the resonance of Christ throughout humanity
+Frances: thanksgiving for healing of leg and for husband’s continued healing (respiratory)

Albany Intercessor


Psalm 29:11

August 10, 2014

The LORD will give strength to his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)
      LORD, I need your strength, your blessing and your peace.

WORD: Pray for my blessing, peace and strength.
WORD: No matter what happens, praise me.
Psalm 92:14, WORD: Look to me for fruitfulness.
WORD: Seek me; seek my face.
WORD: Pray for a revival among my people as they surrender their hearts to me.
WORD: Remember that I AM your strength–there is no other.
Psalm 80:19, WORD: Come to me and let me restore you.

Daily Lectionary
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Judges 11:1-11,29-40: 2 Cor. 11:21b-31: Mark 4:35-41
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Judges 12:1-7: Acts 5:12-26: John 3:1-21
Holy Communion
29; Jonah 2:1-9; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, August 7, 2014, 5:00 – 6:10 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
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Ted (volunteer) — He is suffering from peripheral neuropathy. His granddaughter Camille had her first pain free day last Sunday. Since then she has experienced mild pain from the Lyme’s disease. They have taken the picc out.

Dan (staff) — There was peace this week at the evening meals at the Schenectady City Mission. He is going camping at Lake Sacandaga.

199 Antonio (resident at the Mission) — “I love Jesus. Pray for all God’s children.”

+Sue (woman) — Pray for good weather. She is going to have cataract surgery.

Josh (young man) — His child is still with Child Protective Services. He was arrested which caused his child to be taken.

Tobias (regular on State St.) — He has moved to Cohoes but is still going to Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Schenectady. He prayed for a clear path for him and for his pastor.

Gary (staff) — He asked prayer for his son Chris and his fiancée Suzy and for his other son Josh.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans, Torre Bissell on State St. and Dn. Larry Hubert and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+–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
NT– indicates received a New Testament

State St.

Sherry (young woman) — She asked prayer for her kids.

Cynthia (young woman) — She asked prayer that she would “get my kids back.”

+ NT Walter (man) — He was raised as an Anglican in Guyana and is now going to a Lutheran church. He gave his life to Jesus and accepted the forgiveness of his sins.

+Jessica (young woman) — We prayed for her and her baby Aidan.

+Donna (woman) — She was on her way to work.

++Deborah (regular) — She is now back in Schenectady and living with a friend until she can find an apartment she can afford. We prayed for that and that her Social Security payments would get cleared up.

Steve (man) — We prayed for his business to prosper.

+ NT James (man) — We prayed for his one-year-old son Alexia who has been having seizures. James confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.

+Liz (woman) — She asked prayer that things “would get better” and that she would be able to get a car.

+ NT Lucas (man) — He is struggling with alcohol addiction. He is in a program. He gave his life to Jesus and accepted the forgiveness of his sins.

+Margie (woman) — She asked prayer for her sister who has had a loss in her family.

+Jackie (older woman) — She asked prayer for “a way out of loneliness”. She asked Jesus to come into her heart.

++Travis (young man) — He asked prayer for his fiancée and for his kids and family. He confessed his sins and accepted God’s forgiveness. “I feel so much better now.”

+David (man) — “Loneliness.”

Albany St.

+Priest (man) — He asked prayer for guidance in his life.

+Beshem (man) — He asked prayer to be rid of the evil spirits in his life and for a closer relationship with God.

+Ervin (man) — He asked prayer for the pain in his feet.

+Angel (woman) — She asked prayer that she would get back to church.

+Estelle (woman) — She wanted peace for Pastor John and for healing.

+Sandy (woman) — She asked prayer for peace and strength.

+Ashante (woman) — She asked prayer for healing of her legs.

Albany Intercessor


Matthew 14, Romans 8, and Psalm 78

August 3, 2014

When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. (Matthew 14:13-14)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to compassion for the lost and the least. As Jesus, did, help us heal the sick.

When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.” But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” (Matthew 14:15-16)
      Je3sus, help us heed your words and give what we have.

And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” He said, “Bring them here to Me.” (Matthew 14:17-18 )
      Father, please give us a heart to bring what we have to Jesus.

Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. (Matthew 14:19-21)
      Jesus, help us look to our Father in heaven as you did and bless what we have to provide for your people. Thank you.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
      Holy Spirit, help us take these words to heart when we are weary and discouraged. Thank you.

My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old— things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. (Psalm 78:1-4)
      Father, I bless all those who minister the gospel to children and youths. Give many in this diocese a heart to reach out to the next generation by telling all the wonderful works you have done.

Words received recently:
WORD: Look to me for help in sharing the gospel.
Psalm 75:5, WORD: My people have become stiff-necked and will no longer take my yoke upon them.

Daily Lectionary
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Judges 6:1-24: 2 Cor. 9:6-15: Mark 3:20-30
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Judges 6:25-40: Acts 2:37-47: John 1:1-18
Holy Communion
78:1-29 or 78:14-20,23-25; Nehemiah 9:16-20; Romans 8:35-39; Matthew 14:13-21

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Prayer Table Report, Trinity Watervliet, August 2, 2014, Prayer Team: Jeanne Gizara and Donna Hollar

Dan Schultz: He asked for general blessings. He played the harmonica for us and drew a sunshine picture captioned “Smile Watervliet.”

Deborah: for safety on her trip to California; for her friend Tom Healy, who recently died that he is with Jesus.

Steve Dresssel: for God’s grace and that there would be a special gift of love today and that all would have a great future.

Mother, toddler and baby walking by: blessings

Kevin: further improvement on his hurt foot. He was told that he would never walk again, but there he was, walking past us with an orthopedic boot. He gives God the glory.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, August 2, 2014, 9:10 – 10:30 a.m. Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko, Steve Evans, Torre Bissell on State St. and Dn. Larry Hubert and Julie Rickson on Albany St.

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

Albany St.

+Carmen — homeless, needs provisions for her life, finances, food.

+Navesha (prostitute) — no job, drinking

+Mooie Desire (prostitute) — For new life

+Dorotyy — for provisions for her life, for children.

State St.

Naru (man, blind in one eye and missing part of left arm) — We prayed for restoration of his eye and arm.

Laurant (man) — “Hit and Run” prayer

Theresa (woman) — She asked prayer for Ralph in Minnesota. Both of them had severe abuse in childhood. They were engaged but that broke up because he was abusive

+Ed (man, drunk) — He had missed his bus.

++Chester (man, 60) — He needs help from God to stop drinking.

+Mark (man) — He fell on his back and is in a lot of pain.

+Mike (man) — He asked prayer for “me and my family.”

Jarret (11 year old boy) with heart problems. He had 3 heart surgeries by the age of 5.

+Danny (man) — “I want to make a new beginning.” He recommitted his life to Jesus.

(woman) — She asked prayer for her mom, Bonmati, who is very sick. The woman said, “I’m a Hindu. I believe in Jesus. There is only one God.”

***** CHRIST CHURCH NEIGHBORHOOD MEAL, July 27, 2014 – Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo

+ – Cross
R – Sharon brought us some of her “Jesus” rocks (which she painted) to give to people as a remembrance that Jesus is our rock solid foundation.

+/R – Shawn asked that he be able to stay straight. Asked for prayer for Alicia who is pregnant and using drugs.

R – Julie asked for prayer for protection for her granddaughter Maria who is in boot camp.

+ – Sharon is seeing a surgeon in August to schedule surgery for her arm which was broken a year ago. Pray the Lord guide, direct and give the surgeon discernment as he repairs the break. She has been experiencing pain all over her body and asked for relief and healing.

Kevin – Sharon sees him collecting bottles on the street, doesn’t know if he is homeless, but asked for us to pray for him.

Albany Intercessor


Matthew 28:9-10 and Acts 2:1

August 1, 2014

[I am recovering now from the right knee replacement in June and am starting the prayer notes again. There are MANY prayer table reports that have come in during the past two months. I am afraid that I just can’t get them all out to you, but I have appreciated them. My Inbox has gotten totally out of control with over 1,900 entries. Serious weeding is necessary. Torre]

And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. (Matthew 28:9)
      Jesus, please come and meet us with your word of joy so that we too may fall at your feet and worship you.

Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” (Matthew 28:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help us fearlessly go and deliver Jesus’ word to the Brethren.

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Acts 2:1)
      Father, please bring us to this same accord throughout this diocese. Thank you.

Words received recently:
WORD: Praise me for the many times I have rescued you from trouble.
Psalm 72, WORD: Pray for my righteousness in the public life of the nation.
WORD: Give me your heart.
Matthew 7:24-27 WORD: I have set you on a rock — my son Jesus — do not be afraid.

Morning Prayer
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Judges 5:1-18: Acts 2:1-21: Matt. 28:1-10
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Judges 5:19-31: Acts 2:22-36: Matt. 28:11-20

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Liz Miller, Diocese of Down and Dromore in Ireland spoke at the Healing Service at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center at the Diocesan Convention. She strongly recommended the following book (which is available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition). I have read it and strongly recommend it myself. Torre
      The GRACE OUTPOURING by Roy Godwin and Dave Roberts.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5:00 – 6:10 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
rock–indicates small rock hand painted by Sharon with the name “Jesus” on it and a cross

Antonio (man) — We blessed him.

Ted (volunteer) — His daughter is still stuggling with Lyme’s disease.

Dan (staff) — We prayed for the blessing of peace at the Schenectady City Mission meals. On Monday evening a new comer to the meals started a fight.

Gary (staff) — We prayed for his witness at a new part-time job and we prayed for his son Chris and his job situation.

+Jeffrey (man) — He gave thanks for the way God has blessed him.

rock Joanie (woman) — She is looking for a safe place to live.

+ James (man) — He asked prayer for his dog Val who died a month ago. He also asked prayer for his fellow soldiers who died in Iraq (he was there 8 months).

rock Matt (man) — He asked prayer for his brother John who is going through “issues”.

Chuck (man) — He has possible prostate problems.

Torre (man) — Speed recovery from knee replacement and relief of pain.

+ rock Tamara (young woman) — She is scared for her mom and asked prayer that her mom would be safe.

+ Jennifer (woman) — She asked prayer for safety.

rock Josh (young man) — He asked prayer that he would get his daughter back from Child Protective Services.

***** We had a family reunion in July:


Albany Intercessor


Jeremiah 31:33-34

June 6, 2014

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. (Jeremiah 31:33)
      LORD, write your Torah on my mind and heart so that I will be a man after your own heart.

No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34)
      Holy Spirit, so move at the Diocesan Convention that each person there will come away from the weekend knowing you and our Father in heaven and his son Jesus Christ. Thank you

A word received: Give me your attention so that you can hear my word.
A word received: Trust me; I AM in charge.

Morning Prayer
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Jer. 31:27-34: Eph. 5:1-20: Matt. 9:9-17
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * –; Ezek. 36:22-27: Eph. 6:10-24: Matt. 9:18-26
Eve of Pentecost: –: * 33; Exod. 19:3-8a,16-20: 1 Pet. 2:4-10
The Day of Pentecost: 118 * 145; Deut. 16:9-12: Acts 4:18-21,23-33: John 4:19-26
Holy Communion
Pentecost Principal Service: 104:25-37 or 104:25-32 or 33:12-15,18-22: Acts 2:1-11 or Ezekiel 11:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 or Acts 2:1-11; John 20:19-23 or John 14:8-17

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Liz Miller, Diocese of Down and Dromore in Ireland spoke at the Healing Service at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday. She strongly recommended the following book (which is available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition). I am currently reading it and strongly recommend it myself. Torre
      The GRACE OUTPOURING by Roy Godwin and Dave Roberts.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, June 5, 2014, 5:00 – 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

3 or 4 people said, “God bless you,” as I walked in the door past the people waiting to enter to get their evening meal.

Herman (man) — He said God has been blessing him.

Ted (volunteer) — His granddaughter Camille is getting a new drug intravenously.

Dan (staff) — He asked for prayer for Joshua who was involved in a fight last week.

+ a Antonio (young man) — “A job.” We prayed for a blessing on his search.

+ 199 Steve and + Sarah (young couple, she is pregnant by him) — Steve just rededicated his life to Jesus two nights ago. A water pipe burst over the fuse box in their apartment house and they are staying at the mission.

+Sonia (woman) — Her son is autistic and getting picked on by other kids. +Justine her finance and their baby Malachi — he wants to be God’s man. They are getting evicted and their finances are in disarray.

+Christina and + Cliff and many nephews and nieces and +children –We prayed for her mother Mary whom they suspect has cancer.

***** Prayer Table, June 5th, 12:15 – 1:15, State Street, Schenectady, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and guitar
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

+ Javier (age 10) blessing
+ Boniture – blessing

++ Linda Thanking the Lord for this day. Took extra cross to give away

Jamie – walk by blessing

++ Demita – on her way to see a friend in need (we could see the ambulance)

Roger – safety and happiness for his family

+ Carol – pain in her body, that the masses in her lungs not be cancerous

+ Dominic – God’s blessing

Runner – blessed us!

+Jay (young man) love

+ Raphael – prayers for his grandma in the hospital

Mary – healing of digestion problems

+ Tom – blessing; prayers to battle his borderline dementia, arrival of his first Social Security check

Albany Intercessor


Ephesians

June 5, 2014

[Note from Torre: We are going to the Diocesan Convention and then on Tuesday I will be having my right knee replaced at Saratoga Hospital. I expect to be off the computer for the next couple of weeks.]

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (Ephesians 4:11-12)
      Holy Spirit, help me be the evangelist you have called me to be so that the whole body of Christ is built up. Thank you.

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27)
      [Note from Torre: people have asked us what the “secret” is of staying married for 50 years, and our answer is always the same: “Don’t go to bed angry.”

      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts and wills and minds and spirits of the couples of this diocese so that they choose to lie down and be at peace with one another each night. Thank you.

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
      Amen.

A word received: Be still and know that I Am God. Be still and listen.

Morning Prayer
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Zech. 4:1-14: Eph.4:17-32: Matt. 9:1-8
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Jer. 31:27-34: Eph. 5:1-20: Matt. 9:9-17
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * –; Ezek. 36:22-27: Eph. 6:10-24: Matt. 9:18-26
Eve of Pentecost: –: * 33; Exod. 19:3-8a,16-20: 1 Pet. 2:4-10
The Day of Pentecost: 118 * 145; Deut. 16:9-12: Acts 4:18-21,23-33: John 4:19-26
Holy Communion
Pentecost Principal Service: 104:25-37 or 104:25-32 or 33:12-15,18-22: Acts 2:1-11 or Ezekiel 11:17-20; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 or Acts 2:1-11; John 20:19-23 or John 14:8-17

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Liz Miller, Diocese of Down and Dromore in Ireland spoke at the Healing Service at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday. She strongly recommended the following book (which is available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition). I am currently reading it and strongly recommend it myself. Torre
      The GRACE OUTPOURING by Roy Godwin and Dave Roberts.

***** Prayer Table Report ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, June 2, 2014; 9:45-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. A gorgeous, sun-splashed morning. Lots of people out and about. Today we gave away free T-shirts and slightly-used running shoes from a road race recently held in Johnstown. We also gave away the usual free non-perishable food we offer each Monday.)

t– received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a — anointed with Holy Oil.
f — received free non-perishable food.
s, T — received free running shoes and T shirt.

s — ETHEL — This sweet older woman has come to our healing services and even bible study in recent months. She walks all over Amsterdam delivering food to friends and relatives. SHe took a pair of our sneakers. She needs them with all the walking she does for others!

f,s — EDWIN and MARIA — This couple comes nearly every Monday for prayer and food. They said today, as they always do, “God bless you!” to us.

a,t, s T,f — HEATHER — This young woman was driving by and stopped at the traffic light, and she asked “How much do they (shoes) cost?” When we told her they were free, she backed up, parked and came over. She took a couple of pairs of shoes, some food, a cross and asked for prayer. Anointed her with Holy Oil. Then she started to weep and said, “I am having a bad time right now. I asked God for some help while I was driving a few minutes ago, and … here you are! He helped me!” We prayed for her good health and protection and for her boyfriend (no name) who is traveling a long distance today.

s T, f — DONNA — This woman is a runner who stopped a few months ago in the cold and snow and has been coming by ever since for prayer and the free items we offer. We prayed for her to be safe while she is running in the streets.

s T, f — NANCY — She always stops every Monday. She is a woman who lives with her sister and they are grateful for the food she says ” … helps us get by.” We prayed for her to be safe.

f, s T — DARCY — Always asks for a blessing for protection and good health. She tried on a pair of shoes, kept them on and tossed her old ones away!

s T, f — RITA — Requested prayer for healing (no details) and safety.

a, f, s T, a — BIANCA — This older woman has been asking for protection from demons who she says are always lurking around her. She said since we have been praying for her, the demons have stopped bothering her and can’t “get to her” anymore. But we again asked God the father to keep these evil spirits away; to send them to Jesus to bind and do with as He will.

f, s T, a — MARCIA — This woman from Altamont has become a regular at the Monday free meal across the street at the Masonic Temple and also at the table. She said she came to our last Community Meal at St. Ann’s. She is extremely needy. She has three teen-aged children and one of them (son, ADAM) was recently beaten up and robbed and has needed medical attention she said she cannot afford. We prayed for her to be delivered from the financial woes she is having and for her family to be safe and well.

a, f, s T — JENNY — This young woman said she fell last night and is “hurting.” We prayed for healing for Jenny.

s T, f — ED — Semi-regular who stops sometimes. This time he asked for prayer “to be well.”

s T — MARSHALL — Young man with obvious behavioral problems he cannot always control has sometimes cussed at us and made gestures. Today he was as calm and polite as can be. He said “Thank you very much” and smiled after taking a pair of shoes.

Albany Intercessor


Praying Ephesians 3:20-21 and the Apostles’ Creed

June 3, 2014

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
      Jesus, visit every parish in this diocese and the Diocesan Convention with the full power of your Holy Spirit, and do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. Surprise us, visit us with your joy. Amen.

      Praying the Apostles’ Creed

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty,
      Father, thank you that it all depends on your strength and might, and not ours.
Maker of heaven and earth;
      The heavens declare your glory, and the firmament shows forth your handiwork. (Psalm 19:1) The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing to you. (Psalm 65:13)
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
      Jesus, there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved but yours. (Acts 4:12)
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
      Holy Spirit, thank you for what you have brought forth in Jesus.
Born of the Virgin Mary;
      Father, thank you that Mary was willing to say, “Yes,” to the angel Gabriel. Thank you for the risk she was willing to take for us.
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
      Jesus, thank you for what you were willing to suffer for our salvation; please help us to endure what we must suffer to see the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion restored to Apostolic faith.
Was crucified, dead, and buried;
      Holy Father, please restore to the common life of your people the saving knowledge of what Jesus endured by his crucifixion, death, and burial.
He descended into hell;
      Jesus, you went to the place of the dead to preach to the dead that they might live according to God in the spirit. Come and visit all the dead branches of your church and graft them back into the vine. Thank you. (1 Peter 4:6)
The third day he rose again from the dead;
      Thank you, Jesus; for by your resurrection we have been raised to new life in your Spirit.
He ascended into heaven,
      Jesus, thank you for being taken up into heaven in the sight of your apostolic witnesses. Help us live day by day in the hope that as you were taken up into heaven, so you will come back in like manner. (Acts 1:11)
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
      As with the dying thief on the cross, we too say, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42)
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
      Jesus, thank you that there is now no condemnation for those who are in you, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
      Holy Spirit, your law of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. Thank you. (Romans 8:2)
The holy Catholick Church;
      Thank you for your church, Jesus; please help it to be a true vessel of your gospel in all places and in all times.
The Communion of Saints;
      THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory: Glory be to thee, O Lord most High. Amen. (BCP 1662) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
The Forgiveness of sins;
      Thank you, Jesus, for washing me with your precious blood and forgiving my sins. Thank you for making me clean.
The Resurrection of the body,
      LORD, please help me live day by day in the hope of the resurrection: for 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)
And the Life everlasting. Amen.
      Father, I live in the hope of living forever in your presence. Thank you for this hope that sustains me day by day. Amen.

A word received: I AM your rock and your refuge.

Morning Prayer
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 1 Sam. 16:1-13a: Eph. 3:14-21: Matt. 8:18-27
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Isa. 4:2-6: Eph. 4:1-16: Matt. 8:28-34

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Christ Church Faith in Action Sunday, June 1, 2014, Deacon Mark and Darlene Chesnut on Albany St.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Albany St.

+ Adiki (woman)-blessing

+ Pat(woman)- peace (she told us her sister would be coming shortly for paryer and she did!)

++ Clarence- his girlfriend had a fire in her place mainly, in the hall, for help and recovery for her

++ Devante-prayers for him and his girlfriend who is having a baby

+++ India-on parole, had 2 kids, fearful of losing them and going back to jail

+ Dasei-girlfriend and baby, for peace

+++ Rodericke-family be safe, health and safety for his son Deven

+ Ellen (Pat’s sister) her medical condition, financial help for medical bills. (she came to Christ Church, was invited to eat at our lunch, and after she came up to us and thanked us for praying for her!)

++++ Angel and her mom-regulars-Angel took a couple of crosses to give to her friends and needed another one for herself! They were on their way to church.

+ Hector-blessings and protection

++ Victoria-porch and one room of her mother’s caught fire for safety, repairs, and thanksgiving that everyone in the building was safe

+ a guy asked for prayer beads but was happy with a cross!!

As you can see everyone wanted at least one cross today!!

Albany Intercessor


Various Scriptures Prayed

June 2, 2014

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)
      Father, thank you for your goodness and mercy towards us. Thank you for your great love for us in sending your son Jesus to die for us.

Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:2)
      Jesus, surely your goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives (see Psalm 23:6).

Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever: (Psalm 136:3)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for your willingness to come into us while we were yet sinners and lead us to Jesus.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. (Psalm 138:7)
      Jesus, thank you for stretching out your hand upon the cross to save us.

A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. (Psalm 68:5)
      Father, we meet so many young men and women at the prayer table who have never known their fathers. Have mercy on them and reveal your father’s heart and love to them.

God sets the solitary in families; he brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. (Psalm 68:6)
      Father, establish the families in this land as one man-one woman. There are so many young women out there raising families with no husband as a stable part of the family. Bring your provision into the life of those famililies. Thank you.

Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. (Matthew 8:23-24)
      Lord, there is a great tempest raging in the Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion, and we are afraid of being swamped in the storm.

Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” (Matthew 8:25)
      Lord Jesus, save us!

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (Matthew 8:26)
      Holy Spirit, build up our faith and help us go forward in the storms and in the calm — trusting Jesus.

So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matthew 8:27)
      Father, you have put all things under Jesus’ feet — even the wind and the waves obey him. Thank you.

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height– to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21)
      Amen and amen!

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
      Holy Spirit, give our parishes, the Commission on Ministry, the Standing Committee, and the Bishop discernment about whom you have called to ordained ministry.

A word received: Give me your burdens.

A word received: Come to me; come labor in my vineyard.

Morning Prayer
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Exod. 3:1-12: Heb. 12:18-29: Matt. Luke 10:17-24
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Joshua 1:1-9: Eph. 3:1-13: Matt. 8:5-17
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; 1 Sam. 16:1-13a: Eph. 3:14-21: Matt. 8:18-27
Holy Communion
Seventh Sunday of Easter: 68:1-20 or 47; Acts 1:(1-7)8-14 or Ezekiel 39:21-29; 1 Peter 4:12-19 or Acts 1:(1-7)8-14; John 17:1-11

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, Albany St. Prayer Table report, May 31st 9:35-10:25, Carol MacNaughton, Mark Pasko and guitar, Deacon Larry Hubert on State 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
NT– indicates received a New Testament
B–indicates received a Bible

Albany St.

Audrey – prayers to stay off drugs, stay away from selling drugs, prayers to find a job
(also need to do 20 hours of community service – if CC can help have call 708-0947, she has a car)

Carrie – safety for children, prayers for her grandbabies

+++++++ April – 5th grader on her bike – prayers for her family (crosses are for her family)

+ Akim – everything

Clarrisa – regular – her son Scott, pain in her back

++ Russ – safety, took one cross to give away

State St.

+ Jeffrey (man) — for his daughter who is expecting a baby.

Moriah — for healing.

Leke (man) — Praise for successful dissertation defense.

+Brian (man) — Finances.

Christ Church Faith in Action Sunday, June 1, 2014, Kay Jones and Torre Bissell on State St., Deacon Mark and Darlene Chesnut in Jerry Burrell Park and Steve Evans and Louise Popa on Albany St.

Albany St.

+Nahkai (10 year old boy) — blessing and protection for him and his family.

++ 199 Laurie — for controlling her diabetes and one kidney, prayers also for her fiancée, Calvin, to remain clean from addictions and for a sponsor.

+ 199 Daniel (young man) — for guidance and protection I his life.

Lisa (regular) — In care at stoplight — blessing! She used to live across the street from Christ Church.

++ 199 Mia — Prayers for her family and 8 month old daughter, Elizaabeth.

+ 199 Sheila — for herself and her family — protection and provision.

Steve — for his business to be prosperous.

State St.

+Agnes (older woman) — “For my children and grandchildren.”

+Alinea (young woman) — “For good health.”

++Ken (Older man) — Blessing

Kaneke

+Deandre (man) — He gave his life to Jesus and asked for God’s help in giving up sin.

Roger and Angelique — He gave his life to Jesus.

+Kevin (young man) — We prayed he would come back to the Lord.

Tammy (woman) — “For my boyfriend to get out of jail.”

+Bill (man) — He is still walking with Jesus. He asked prayer for “everything”.

Don (Older man) — He fell and buised the side of his head and arm.

+Galenda (woman) “For good health for us and my children.”

+Payne (man) — He is angry about the injustice he sees and wants the church to speak out more forcibly about it.

+Baasir (young boy) — We prayed that he would grow into God’s man.

Joshua (man) [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] — He asked prayer for Rowand, an old man with 10 cats and dogs. Rowand just got out of surgery and needs help. Joshua asked prayer for his loved ones, especially his mother. He confessed his addiction to cough syrup. He accepted God’s forgiveness and adoption.

Keith (man) “Hit and Run” prayer

+Clarence (man) — His girlfriend, +Brandi, had a fire in her apartment house.

+Raymond (man) — He was drunk — prayed for sobriety.

+Joe (Older man) — He needs correct food and medicine. He keeps getting the run-around trying to get it.

+Michael (young man) — He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted God’s forgiveness and adoption. He was near tears.

+Glenn — He asked prayer for +Crystal who is addicted.

+Lucy (woman) — Her husband is in jail. Her hip is causing her great pain. Her son is an alcoholic who doesn’t treat her with respect.

Albany Intercessor


Mark 16 and Matthew 7

May 30, 2014

Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. (Mark 16:14)
      Holy Spirit, rebuke us whenever we slip into hardness of heart and disbelieve the teaching of those who have been touched by Jesus and seen him.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
      Also I heart of voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8 )

So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:19-20)
      Jesus, confirm your word and your work in our lives by “signs following”. Thank you.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
      Father, we are in the midst of a great storm and much that seemed solid that was not built on the rock is being swept away

      Jesus, you are the rock; help us build only on you. Help us by your Holy Spirit to recognize and embrace that which is solid and enduring and to shun that which is merely fashionable and is passing away.

      Holy Spirit, revive your people and your church. Come with power upon the Diocesan Convention and show us the way forward. Thank you.

A word received: Pray for my Holy Spirit to refresh you.

A word received: Turn to me.

A word received: I have set you on a rock — my son Jesus — do not be afraid. (Matthew7:24-27)

Friday: 85, 86 * 91, 92; 1 Sam. 2:1-10: Eph. 2:1-10: Matt. 7:22-27
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Num. 11:16-17,24-29: Eph. 2:11-22: Matt. 7:28-8:4

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, May 29, 2014, 5:10 – 6:10 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
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Ted (volunteer) — We prayed for his granddaughter Camille. She has changed her meds fighting the Lyme’s disease. He meds are very expensive.

Stephen (man)

+ a 199 Ross (young man) — He came over and recommitted his life to Jesus, confessing his sins and accepting God’s forgiveness and adoption. We prayed for him as he works at making music. We prayed for a blessing on his hands.

Gary (staff) — Saturday he is taking an 8 or 9 day cruise on the Onrust. He asked prayer for his son Josh to find a Christian woman. He also asked prayer for a part-time job to help with finances.

Susan (woman) — We prayed for provision and protection for her and her children.

Leroy (man) — He was beaten up and had to have surgery to repair his rotator cuff because of the beating.

Albany Intercessor


Matthew 13:8-9

May 26, 2014

But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Matthew 13:8 )
      Jesus, we pray that the Diocesan Convention will be good ground which will yield up an enormous crop of men, women, youths, and children who have fallen deeper in love with you.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 13:9)
      Holy Spirit, open our ears and our hearts to your work so that we are good ground, prepared to receive and nourish the word of the kingdom.

Remember the many who have paid the final price:

The American Cemetery, Manila, The Philippines

Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Lev. 25:35-55: Col. 1:9-14: Matt. 13:1-16
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Lev. 26:1-20: 1 Tim. 2:1-6: Matt. 13:18-23

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** CHRIST CHURCH NEIGHBORHOOD MEAL PRAYER TABLE, Sunday, 5/25/14 –Chuck Rinaldo
+ Joshua – Direction in his life. Protection and provision as he moves from place to place. Pray also that he can reveal Jesus to those he meets.
++ Chris – Pray for people that have high blood pressure. Pray for all military for safety and thanking them for their sacrifice.
++ Jana and her son McKinnley – She is an alcoholic and wants to get straight. She is asking for God’s strength and for financial resources to take care of her son who has special needs.

Albany Intercessor


John 15:7

May 25, 2014

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7)
      Jesus, please help us pray according to the mind of your Spirit.

      Holy Spirit, come into us and dwell in us and speak your word to us and through us.

      Father, our hearts’ desire is to ask for those things that are in accord with your will. Father, prune me so that I may bear fruit for you.

A word received: I want to prune you to make you fruitful.

Remember those who have paid the final price:

The American Cemetery, Manila, The Philippines

Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Lev. 25:1-17: James 1:2-8,16-18: Luke 12:13-21
Sixth Sunday of Easter: 148 or 148:7-14; Acts 17:22-31 or Isaiah 41:17-20; 1 Peter 3:8-18 or Acts 17:22-31; John 15:1-8
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Lev. 25:35-55: Col. 1:9-14: Matt. 13:1-16

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Watervliet Prayer Table, May 24, 2014, Prayer Team: Candy Palumbo and Donna Hollar

Prayer for all people and families living in Watervliet for provision, protection, daily blessings and spiritual growth.

James and Jeffrey: two 13 year olds asking for a good end to their school year.

2 employees going to work at Price Chopper: for success and good health

Nicholas: asked for blessings.

Barbara: for provision and family blessings; for her 2 month old grandchild.

Justin: just out of prison; that he adjusts to life on the outside

Family (2 men, a mother and little girl): blessings and provision

Kareme: blessings for his family

Georgiana: protection and blessings as she works on a cold case with the police.

Barbara: depression, woriies about Georgiana; health concerns.

Albany Intercessor


Matthew and 2 Thessalonians

May 25, 2014

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
      Lord, all around us we see people headed for destruction. Help us by your Holy Spirit to pull them back from the abyss.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15)
      Jesus, your church is full of false prophets who despise your word and say that the gate is wide and anyone can get in without going through you to the Father.

You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. (Matthew 7:16-18 )
      Holy Spirit, give us discernment of the fruit, whether it comes from good trees or bad. Help us to be fruit inspectors rather than judges.

Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Matthew 7:19-20)
      Jesus, please help by your Spirit to move people to examine their lives by your light. Thank you.

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2)
      Lord, we join Paul in making this apostolic request for our bishops and leaders. Thank you.

A word received: Turn to me first, not last.

Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Lev. 23:23-44: 2 Thess. 3:1-18: Matt. 7:13-21
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Lev. 25:1-17: James 1:2-8,16-18: Luke 12:13-21
Sixth Sunday of Easter: 148 or 148:7-14; Acts 17:22-31 or Isaiah 41:17-20; 1 Peter 3:8-18 or Acts 17:22-31; John 15:1-8

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 24, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Louise Popa, Mark Pasko, Steve Evans, Torre Bissell on State St. and Dn. Larry Hubert, Elaine Carrubba and Carol MacNaughton on Albany St. Rain.

+–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
NT– indicates received a New Testament

State St.

+ a Rex (man) — Today is the anniversary of his mom’s death. He asked prayer for a better life and said, “I’m still walking with Jesus.”

Steve (man) — He had another customer this week. He has to get some electrical problems fixed in his new shop.

Jeff (man) — “I don’t know where to begin.”

[already had a Dennis Adams cross on] Vanessa (woman) — “I want change!” She invited Jesus and the Holy Spirit into her heart.

+Manuel (young man) — “Salud” (health)

Herman (young man) — “Hit and Run” prayer

+Mariano (man, no English) — We prayed for God’s blessing on him.

+Nathan (man, runner) — “Hit and Run” prayer

+ 199 Eva (young woman) — Today is her birthday. We prayed for God’s blessing on her for her birthday.

+Melvin (young man) — blessing

Abdul (Muslim man) and Isaiah

+John (man) — He asked for happiness. We prayed for joy for him. Then he confessed his sins and gave his live to Jesus.

+Raymond (man) — “Things are a mess.”

199 ++ NT Eva (woman, drove up and parked in front of the table) — There are problems in her family (marital issues). Her sister is having the same problems.

Randy “Hit and Run” prayer

+ a 199 Anthony (man) — He came up bubbling over with expectation and confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted him as Lord and Savior. Great joy when he heard that he is now clean and that he has a Father in heaven he can cry out to for help.

Albany St.

+++Anthony (man) — He asked prayers for his family. His mother is dying. Freedom from fear and for protection.

Lucy (woman) — She asked prayer for her kidneys.

+Richard (man) — For family.

Elaine (woman) — For peace and comfort and forgiveness.

Albany Intercessor


More Scriptures Prayed

May 24, 2014

“Judge not, that you be not judged. (Matthew 7:1)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Matthew 7:2)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? (Matthew 7:4)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:5)
      Lord, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help me daily seek, knock, and ask so that I may receive what you have for me, find, and fully enter into the kingdom of God.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
      Jesus, let that good work be established in the hearts of all who attend the Diocesan Convention. Help us carry that good work back to every parish in the diocese.

They made a calf in Horeb, and worshiped the molded image. Thus they changed their glory into the image of an ox that eats grass. They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, wondrous works in the land of Ham, awesome things by the Red Sea. Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen one stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he destroy them. (Psalm 106:19-23)
      Holy Father, please help us to be intercessors like Moses who stand in the breach with our prayers so that your wrath is turned away from your people. Thank you.

A word received: You need not be afraid. Bring your fears to me.

Friday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Lev. 23:1-22: 2 Thess. 2:1-17: Matt. 7:1-12
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Lev. 23:23-44: 2 Thess. 3:1-18: Matt. 7:13-21

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, May 22, 2014, 4:45 – 6:15 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

+ Taisha (young woman) — Physical complications, needs more blood work tests. Prayed for healing.

Dan (staff) and Torre — We prayed for our wives, Lori and Jean.

Gary (staff) — He asked “prayer for my son Chris who is going through some stuff at his work.”

+Pete (young man) — He asked prayer “for all the stuff that’s going on.”

+ 199 Josh (young man) — He confessed sins to Jesus and accepted Jesus forgiveness. He was recently incarcerated on an old warrant. He now has a fiancée Amber and a baby daughter Ariana. We prayed for Amber and Ariana, and for Josh that he would grow into the man that God wants him to be. I noticed that when he received his food he spontaneously bowed his head and gave thanks to God for it.

Anthony (man, street preacher) — We prayed for his ex-wife and for his kids.

+Anthony (staff)

Stephen (man) — He prayed that I would lose weight (at my request) in preparation for the knee replacement surgery.

*****

Albany Intercessor


Various Scriptures Prayed

May 22, 2014

Rejoice always, (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
      LORD, let your joy be our strength.

pray without ceasing, (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
      Holy Spirit, let our prayer, like incense, rise up to the throne of God.

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 )
      Jesus, thank you for all the arthritis and for the upcoming knee replacement. Thank you for the joy of 50 years marriage with Jean.

Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
      Holy Spirit, move in my heart day by day.

Do not despise prophecies. (1 Thessalonians 5:20)
      Father, thank you for speaking to us now through your Holy Spirit.

Test all things; hold fast what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
      Holy Spirit, give us the discernment to know what comes from you and holod on to that.

Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
      Helpo us recognize evil for what it is and shun it.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
      Jesus, bring us to your holiness and peace.

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

Brethren, pray for us. (1 Thessalonians 5:25)
      Father, we pray for all those who are on the front lines. Anoint them and guide their words and works. Thank you.

‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:9-10)

      Holy Spirit, please help us remember those who are destitute and give alms to the poor and leave over part of our earning for those who have not.

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25-26)
      Jesus, I trust you to continue to provide for us just as you always have. You have always been right on time and never late.

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Matthew 6:27)
      Holy Spirit, please help me to lay my anxieties at the foot of your cross.

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Matthew 6:28-29)
      Father, thank you for your provision for me and my family.

Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (Matthew 6:30-32)

      Father, thank you for knowing what we need and providing for us.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
      Father, please help me to seek your kingdom and your righteousness.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)
      Father, I leave tomorrow in your hands.

Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
      Amen.

A word received: Keep turning to me in your pain.

Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Lev. 19:26-37: 2 Thess. 1:1-12: Matt. 6:25-34
Friday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Lev. 23:1-22: 2 Thess. 2:1-17: Matt. 7:1-12

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** PRAYR TABLE REPORT ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, May 19, 2014; 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Sunny, pleasant. Forgot to bring my stock of Holy Oil today so we did not anoint anyone. James Bryant and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t– received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
f– received free non-perishable food we offer.
c — received free clean, used clothing we offer.

f,c — NANCY — This needy woman who lives with her sister is a regular who depends on us for the food we offer to get through the week. Prayed for her safety and preservation.

f,c — REBECCA — She is having surgery Wednesday on the left knee that has bothered her all winter and spring.

f,c,t — EMILIO and another companion (no name given) — These were first-time visitors who were curious why we would be “out here” giving away free things. (It is always a little heartbreaking, and surprising, to us that people are wondering why we care about them!) We prayed for their good health, safety and protection.

f,c — DARCY — This woman who speaks limited English (but certainly understands what we are doing!) has stopped the last few weeks for prayer. This time she walked right over to us and held our hands seeking prayer without saying a word at first.

t,t,f,c — MARCIA — This woman from Altamont has come often in the past two months. She is very needy and is grateful for the help and prayer we offer her. We prayed for her special need this time — problems within her family. The Lord knows the details.

t,f,c — WILL — This first-time visitor heard about us from friends attending the free meal across the street at the Masonic Temple. He took a cross from us, kissed it and put it on immediately. We prayed for his protection and safety.

f– MARSHAll — This man (who seems to have some behavioral problems he cannot help) used to curse and gesture at us, but he has gained our trust and respect in recent weeks. This time he stopped by and smiled at us. He trusts us now.

f,c — BIANCA — She asked for a simple prayer for a blessing. We have prayed in recent weeks that demons that have been bothering her would be driven out and sent to Jesus to bind and deal with as He will. She said she is “better” now.

t,f — JOTTY — This pleasant woman from Fort Johnson has become quite a regular and sits down to stay and pray with people for awhile when she comes. This time she sought prayer for herself for an infected tooth, and also asking for a prayer of thanksgiving for the recent birth of her first grandchild — EVELYN.

t,t,f,c — EDWIN and wife MARIA — These people came to our last Community Meal and have been coming to the prayer table ever since. They always say “God bless you!” after we pray for them to be safe and protected.

t,f,c — MAN and WOMAN (no names given) — Came for a general blessing and took some of the free things we offer.

Albany Intercessor


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