Luke 9, Acts 28, and Psalm 116

October 18, 2014

And they were all amazed at the majesty of God. (Luke 9:43a)
      Jesus, bring us to that same awe of God’s majesty.

“Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” (Luke 9:44)
      Lord, you are still being betrayed into the hands of sinful people.

Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by him, and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all will be great.” (Luke 9:46-48 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us come to Jesus as little children.

Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. (Acts 28:30-31)
      Father, help us receive all who come to us, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching all that concerns the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence as Paul did.

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:1-2)
      LORD, I love you — thank you for hearing me when I cry out to you.

WORD: Come to me and know me.

Daily Lectionary
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Ecclus. 3:17-31 or Jeremiah 38:14-28; Acts 28:17-31; Luke 9:37-50
Sunday: 148, 149, 150 * 114, 115; Ecclus. 4:1-10 or Jer. 29:1,4-14: 1 Cor. 10:1-13: Matt. 16:13-20

      Notes from the Front Lines

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

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans, Toni Loveless, and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dcn. Larry Hubert and Mark Pasko on Albany St. Rain, heavy at times.

+–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
B–indicates received a Bible

State St.

Mark (man) — “healing for Mary”

Coretha (blind woman) — We prayed for protection and that she will reach her destination.

(Muslim man) — “I already prayed.”

Torre & Steve (men) — We prayed for Steve’s business and for Jean.

Toni (woman) — She has an infected tooth which is causing her pain. We prayed for healing and guidance for the dentist.

Will (man) — We prayed that he would be the man and father God is calling him to be. We also prayed for his sons Will, Jr. and Raymond.

a Lincoln (man)

Moses (regular) — He had an operation on his pancreas.

a 199 + Alex (young man) — He gave his burdens and his sins and life to Jesus and accepted his forgiveness and cleansing.

+ 199 B Ishmael (young man) — He confessed his sins to Jesus and asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. He was thrilled to know that he had a Father in heaven that he can cry out to. I showed him Psalm 130 as a model for crying out to God.

Albany St.

Eric — for provision and protection for the dog.

Teligza and Tibel (son) –for protection

Tinia — Protection in his life.

Rodney — “Hit and Run” prayer on way to work.

Mike (mailman) — Protection on the street

Kasie — Asked prayer for Mary her sister who is having a baby.

Albany Intercessor


Luke 9 and Acts 28

October 17, 2014

And behold, two men talked with him, who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his decease [exodus] which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. (Luke 9:30-31)
      Jesus, thank you for the new exodus which you accomplished at Jerusalem to set us free from the bondage to sin and death.

While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son. Hear him!” (Luke 9:34-35)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear what Jesus is saying to us.

Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. (Acts 28:1-2)
      Lord, help us welcome with kindness those who land on our shores.

And so we went toward Rome. And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. (Acts 28:14b-15)
      Father, please help us go forth to encourage one another.

Jer. 38:14-28 WORD: Don’t be afraid to obey me.
WORD: I wait for you with open arms.
WORD: Look to me with hope for salvation.
WORD: Listen, listen to me.
WORD: Look to me for help in times of darkness.
WORD: Give praise and thanks to me.
WORD: Come to me with all your grief and pain.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 16, 17 * 22; Ecclus. 1:1-10,18-27; Acts 28:1-16; Luke 9:28-36
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; Ecclus. 3:17-31 or Jeremiah 38:14-28; Acts 28:17-31; Luke 9:37-50

      Notes from the Front Lines

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

***** Welcome Home Intiative© The Healing Ministry at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center will host a Welcome Home Initiative© Monday, October 20 through Wednesday October 22. WHI© is a three-day healing retreat for military veterans and spouses of those veterans who have served their country in combat and may be suffering to varying degrees from Post-Traumatic Stress or moral injury and are in need of soul repair. The format of the program helps veterans and spouses understand the hidden impact of combat and provides a safe place for their emotional healing. This essential spiritual and emotional healing is a complement to healing received from psychiatric and social services. Teaching, discussion, and prayer are the major components of the program. The connections and friendships that are formed during these retreats are outstanding and lasting. Participants find equal footing and experience camaraderie regardless of service. There is no charge for a combat veteran or their spouse to attend a Welcome Home Initiative© Retreat. For more information or to register, contact Brenda Reid at (518 ) 692-9550 x 112 or e-mail her by clicking here.
      The closing ceremonies for the Welcome Home Intiative© will be held at the Chapel of St. Michael and All Angels (CtK Main Chapel) on Wednesday, October 22nd at 10:30 am. Arrive at 10:15 to bless the veterans who have attended the retreat with your support and presence. For more information, contact Brenda Reid at (518 ) 692-9550 x 112 or e-mail her by clicking here.

***** PRAYER TABLE ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, 9:45-10:45 a.m. in front of our church at 37 Division Street. Not many people out and about today, either walking or driving. Whenever there is a Monday holiday like today (Columbus Day) the Masonic Lodge across the street does NOT put on its weekly Monday lunch for the community, so that is always reflected in a big dropoff in prayer table attendance. But … we continue to be here for whoever is seeking prayer. John Banfield and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today. Cloudy, cool.)

a — anointed with Holy Oil.
t — received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
Note: We also continue to give out winter clothing, non-perishable food and small copies of the Gospel of John — in both English and Spanish.

MARSHALL — Always comes to the table freely now whereas he used to gesture and curse at us. He has befriended us all, especially James Bryant who unfortunately couldn’t be here today. We offered him prayer and food and clothing but he declined and said “I’m good. Thanks.”

a — LARRY — Usually comes with his wife and children but came alone today. Prayed for his family’s good health, safety and well-being. He took much-needed food, some gloves and a gospel book.

DIAZ — First-time visitor. Stopped by to see what we were doing but declined any prayer, food, crosses or clothing. He said “I already have a cross, I already prayed when I got up this morning, and other people need this food and clothing more than I do.”

MAN (no name) — Declined prayer but took some food and a pair of gloves.

a, t — MARIA — She usually comes here with her husband EDWIN but was alone today. She took a Spanish copy of the gospel (Juan) and we had a “conversation” although she speaks very little English and I (ALan) know very little Spanish. She kept pointing to the title JUAN and saying the name aloud, then she kept making motions of pointing to the top of her head and moving her arms about as though she were swimming. I thought at first she was asking if it was the disciple who got out of the boat but started to drown when he lost focus on Jesus, and I shook my head and said “No, no, that’s PETER!” But she kept pointing to the top of her head and making those swimming motions, and John and I figured out she must be asking if this was John the Baptist! We motioned that no, it was not the John that was the Baptist, but rather John the Apostle and disciple. It is so interesting and encouraging to watch the growth that has gone on in the culture of our neighborhood the last few months. Sim
astounding.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:10 – 6:00 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Dan (staff) — He asked prayer for the four who would be graduating from the program following the evening meal: Kermit, Jim, Frank, and Jody.

Ted (volunteer) and + Camille (Ted’s granddaughter who has struggled with Lynme’s disease for the one and a half years) — We prayed for healing.

Stephen (young man) — He also came over and prayed for Camille. We gave thanks for all the ways the God has worked in Stephen’s life.

+Julie (woman) — She asked prayer for God’s help with her finances.

+Gary (volunteer) — He asked prayer for Pastor Kevin who is going to Burkina Faso as a missionary.

+BB Gary (staff) — He gave a praise report on his niece Jessica. She will be doing 1 year jail time plus probation in the local area. We prayed for rest for Gary. Gary prayed for Jean.

Kristen (woman) — She asked prayer for her brother Nate who is in prison. We prayed that God would raise up a witness that would he could hear and that he would come out a changed man.

Benjamin (young man who was converted recently) — He is continuing to walk with Jesus.

+ Jordan (volunteer) — We prayed for his dad who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and underwent treatment. They are awaiting a new report on his condition.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dcn. Larry Hubert and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
B–indicates received a Bible

State St.

Vincent (man) — We prayed for God’s blessing on him and his family and friends.

+ B Carlene (woman) — “I just need peace right now.” I read Psalm 130 to her. Her children are dumping her grandchildren on her.

Larry (man) — We prayed about his job situation where there is much hostility towards him.

Steve (man) — We prayed for more business for him.

a + B Louis (32) — He has stoack issues; he is often in pain. We prayed for his two kids. I read Psalm 130 to him. He was crying.

+ a 199 James (52) — He confessed his sins and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and thanked God for forgiving him.

+ 199 Craig (45) — He is thankful for his job that he can earn money to help out his mother who is 64.

+ 199 Dantevus (young man) — He gave his life back to Jesus again confessing his sins and accepting God’s cleansing.

+ 199 Ciera (young woman) — She asked prayer for patience and strength with her baby.

Will (man), a + Will Jr., and a + Raymond (Will’s two sons)

Brenda — “My family”.

Albany St.

Angel and Estelle (women) — Continued presence of the Lord in their lives, for provisions and protection.

Clarisa — for safe travel to California

Lincoln (man) — “Hit and Run” prayer on his way to work

Angela and 2 sons — “Hit and Run” prayer

Chris — slain death in family, pray for Ebola crisis in Guinea, pray for peace and stability in his life

Kerry — full famly crisis in his famiy, Bob neighbor has cancer.

Albany Intercessor


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


Psalm34, Luke 7, and Micah 3

October 9, 2014

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in him! (Psalm 34:8 )
      Thank you, LORD, for all the many blessings you have showered on us.

Then one of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him. And he went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at his feet behind him weeping; and she began to wash his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed his feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. (Luke 7:36-38 )
      Holy Spirit, bring me to this same humility and repentance that you did with this woman.

Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This man, if he were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” (Luke 7:39)
      Father, have mercy on me a sinner: don’t let me look down on any of your children.

And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” (Luke 7:40-42)
      Lord Jesus, you know the magnitude of my debt to you. Thank you for forgiving me my sins. I love you — help me show that same love to others.

Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And he said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss my feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 7:43-48 )
      Thank you, Jesus, for forgiving my sins.

And those who sat at the table with him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Then he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” (Luke 7:49-50)
      Thank you, Jesus, for saving faith in you.

But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin. (Micah 3:8 )
      LORD, raise up prophets in your church today to call your people to repentance. Thank you.

WORD: How I long for my people to turn to me with all their sorrows so that I may comfort them.
WORD: Keep in touch with me.
WORD: Look to me for blessing.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Micah 3:1-8: Acts 24:1-23: Luke 7:36-50
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Micah 3:9-4:5: Acts 24:24-25:12: Luke 8:1-15

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the thousands of orphans caused by 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 for St. John’s, Johnstown–October 8th: (+ = cross given out)

Jim: for his brother Sal’s surgery tomorrow. For comfort and healing.

Connor: infection, aging, comfort

++Jeannie and daughter Jacqueline: strength and guidance

Ken: unemployment needs

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Toni Loveless and Torre Bissell on State St. and Dcn. Larry Hubert and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Albany St.

Gary (man) — Heart attack — healing

Raymond (man) — Wanted Prayer for the neighborhood, and for his needs.

+ Karletta (woman) — Prayer for her son for a good life and for the Lord to provide for all his needs.

Eshad (man) — Blessing prayer

Moses (man, repeat) — For good health and for the Lord to provide for his needs.

State St.

+ Tanya (young woman) — “Recovery” We prayed for the start of a new life for her today.

+ Eddie (man) — “Food and shelter”

[Lots of Muslims on the street: big “eid”: Eid al Adha starts today — I think celebrating the beginning of the Hajj.]

Steve (man) — More business

(woman) — “God bless you also.”

Virginia (older woman) — Blessed her.

++ Vanessa (woman) — Prayed for a blessing on her and family and friends.

+ 199 Dashaw (teenage boy) — He gave his life to Jesus and accepted the forgiveness of his sins.

Toni (woman) — We prayed for her back and for relief of pain.

+ José and + Travis (teenage boys) — José asked prayer for his mom and dad, Travis asked prayer for his mom.

Keith (man) — “world peace”

+ 199 Matthew (young man, early 20s) — He gave his life to Jesus and accepted God’s forgiveness.

+ Raymond

+ Galinda (woman) — Her husband Alonzo beat her up last night. She has four kids. Pray for no more violence.

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


Various Scriptures Prayed

September 30, 2014

And it happened when he was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” (Luke 5:12)
      Master, if you are willing, you can make me clean and set me free from my sins.

Then he put out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. (Luke 5:13)
      Jesus, thank you for your cleansing touch. Thank you for being willing to touch me.

Now it happened on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. (Luke 5:17)
      Holy Spirit, I pray that your power will be present today to heal the sick.

And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” (Luke 5:19-20)
      If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (Hosea 4:6)
      Lord Jesus, bring the leaders, teachers, priests and people of the Episcopal Church to a saving knowledge of you.

Blessed is the man whom you instruct, O LORD, and teach out of your law, (Psalm 94:12)
      Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to enter into this blessing.

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to him with Psalms. (Psalm 95:1-2)
      Jesus, help us come into your presence with thanksgiving and joyful shouts.

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
      Pray for our leaders in this time of crisis!

WORD: Come into my hands; let me hold you in my arms.

Daily Lectionary
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10: Acts 21:1-14: Luke 5:12-26
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30 * 119:121-144; Hosea 4:11-19: Acts 21:15-26: Luke 5:27-39

      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.

Albany Intercessor


Various Scriptures

September 29, 2014

When he had stopped speaking, he said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4)
      Jesus, please give each disciple in this diocese the courage to “launch out into the deep” for a catch of souls.

But Simon answered and said to him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your word I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:5)
      Holy Spirit, please give us this same obedience to your word: that even in the face of previous discouragement we will still “let down our nets”.

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (Luke 5:6)
      Bring in the catch of souls you have planned for us, Jesus.

So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. (Luke 5:7)
      Father, please give us a spirit of cooperation to bring in the catch.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8 )
      Father, help us bring our sinfulness to Jesus as Simon Peter did.

Then I will sow her for myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not my people, ‘You are my people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ ” (Hosea 2:23)
      You are my God! Thank you for your mercy!

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 89:1)
      Holy Spirit, please help me make your faithfulness known to all generations: to young and old alike.

Psalm 89:1 WORD: Make my faithfulness known to others.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Hosea 2:14-23: Acts 20:17-38: Luke 5:1-11
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10: Acts 21:1-14: Luke 5:12-26

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 29 Episcopal Charities

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for the health workers who risk their lives to treat the sick and the dying.

Albany Intercessor


Philippians 2 and Psalm 25

September 28, 2014

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)
      Father, help me desire your good will and pleasure more and more each day.

The secret of the LORD is with those who fear him, and he will show them his covenant. (Psalm 25:14)
      Father, daily bring me into that secret place with you and establish me in your covenant in peace.

WORD: Come to me and let me carry your burdens.
WORD: You are in my care; my hand is upon you.

Daily Lectionary
Sunday: 66, 67 * 19, 46; Hosea 2:2-14: James 3:1-13: Matt. 13:44-52
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Hosea 2:14-23: Acts 20:17-38: Luke 5:1-11
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10: Acts 21:1-14: Luke 5:12-26
Holy Communion
25:1-14 or 25:3-9; Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:28-32

      Notes from the Front Lines

Daily: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures
September 27 Women’s Cursillo (October 10-13)
28 The Rev’d James Clarke

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for the health workers who risk their lives to treat the sick and the dying.

***** CHRIST CHURCH NEIGHBORHOOD MEAL, September 28, 2014 – Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo
+ – Cross

+ Alberto – Aida, his mother, asked for prayer that he would be free of his drug addiction and get his life straight.

+ Diane and son, Julian (6 yrs old) He asked for prayer for school. She is having financial difficulties. Prayed for the Lord’s provision and protection in their lives.

+++++ Michelle asked for prayer for her husband Robert who is in prison. That all would go well with him there so that he would be able to come home in February, if not, he wouldn’t be home until June, 2015. She has 5 children, Masyra (6), Desteny (5), Aniyah (3) and Siera (1), and asked for them to do well in school, to have good health, and for God’s protection and provision.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:10 – 10:30 a.m. Torre Bissell and Carol MacNaughton on State St. and Mark Pasko and Dcn. Larry Hubert 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

Albany St.

Malay & Dawn (sisters) prayer for their families salavation, prayer for their Aunts, Elexis and Missy for healing. 4 crosses given out.

Angela increase in faith, getting rid of her desire for drinking beer, cross given out,

Robin (man) in the hospital with liver cancer, cross taken to him by friend.

Shekia (lady) for a strong relationship with the Lord, and for a good life. Cross given

Ben (man) homeless, needs a place to live. Asked the Lord into his life for the first time, cross and bible given.

Angel Young lady who has been coming for prayer for a month now, continued prayer for her time in school. Getting good reports every week.

Estel young ladys mother (angel) continued good family life, getting to know God better

Pastor John for a good birthday

Kerry (lady) for finances and a good life cross given

Linda prayer for healing ( brain cancer) have a close relationship with the Lord. Cross sent to her by a friend

State St.

+ 199 Dahlia (young woman) — “I’m relocating and I’m afraid.” She gave her fears to Jesus.

+ 199 Eric (young man) — “For my family.”

+ Barry (man) — “I’m on my way through.”

+ 199 Melissa and + 199 Tisha — Both of these women confessed their sins to Jesus and recommitted their lives to him again and accepted his forgiveness and cleansing.

+ 199 Zanaya (young girl) — She asked prayer for her walk in in school.

+ 199 Jessica (young woman) — She asked prayer for God to make her to be the mom God wanted her to be and for her young child with a cast on his arm for his healing.

Deborah (regular) — She has pain in her foot and leg from being hit by a car several years ago. We prayed for healing of her nerves and that the Lord would take away her fear of needless things.

+ Marie — “Sanity”

+++ 199 Phillip — He asked pray for his family.

+ 199 Manuel (young man who spoke little English) — He gave his heart to Jesus.

++ 199 Amanda — We blessed her and her children including her son Evan who was with her.

José (Older man) — [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] We blessed him and he blessed us.

+ 199 Angel — Lord, give her rest, bless and protect her. Did ask Jesus in her heart.

Albany Intercessor


Luke 4 and Psalms 91 and 92

September 26, 2014

And they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. (Luke 4:32)
      Jesus, help us accept your authority when you speak to us.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
      Holy Spirit, help each of us in this diocese have that secret place and time with the Father and abide under his shadow. Thank you.

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in him I will trust.” (Psalm 91:2)
      LORD, you are my fortress and my refuge, my God in whom I will trust. Thank you for being who you are.

Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, (Psalm 92:13-14)
      Plant us in your house, LORD, so that we may flourish and bear fruit in old age. Thank you.

WORD: Keep looking to me for help.
WORD: Turn to me for comfort when you are filled with sorrow.
WORD: Look to me in times of trouble and times of plenty. Keep your eyes on me.
WORD: Remember me and I will remember you.
WORD: Let me lead you by my hand.
WORD: Thank me for my kindness and mercy.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 88 * 91, 92; Esther 8:1-8,15-17*: Acts 19:21-41: Luke 4:31-37
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Hosea 1:1-2:1: Acts 20:1-16: Luke 4:38-44

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for the health workers who risk their lives to treat the sick and the dying.

Daniel Herzog, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:30 PM
Subject: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million in 4 Months, C.D.C. Estimates – NYTimes.com http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/health/ebola-cases-could-reach-14-million-in-4-months-cdc-estimates.html?referrer=

***** City Mission Pray Table – September 25, 2014 – Torre and Jean Bissell, Chuck Rinaldo
* Steven – Has cancer in his neck and chest. Asked for strength and peace.
* + Rich – Pray for his family, and his wife who is expecting a baby, and for protection for the baby. Asked for God’s love and provision for his family.
* Carmelo – 8 year old son of Rich. He was thankful for the meal from City Mission.
* Dan and his daughters
      * Praise the Lord, his daughter, Summer, got a full-time job at the Baptist Retirement Home. Pray that she will stay with the job.
      * Shannon got a new job in Tennessee. Pray protection over her and for God’s peace.
      * Julie has 2 jobs and is getting her GED. Pray the Lord sustain her during this time.
* Benjamin – Praise the Lord he has a job and is still walking with Jesus. Pray that he keeps his eyes on Jesus.
* ++Ricos – Pray the Lord keep him safe and steady.
* Stephen – He learned the “Golden Rule” – treat others as he wants to be treated. Pray the Lord will enable him to walk in love.
* Ted –Pray for his healing and continued good health. Pray for h is daughter, Camille who has Lyme disease.
* Tobias – His girlfriend, Odetta, has a trichotomy. Pray that the Lord heals her and restores her voice back.
* Jackie – She knows Jesus, but she’s in a spiritual battle with the devil. She hears demons. Pray she expels the demons and fills the void with the Holy Spirit. Pray for a hedge of protection around her.
* Gary – Pray for God’s provision for his family, for family unity, and to know when to speak and when not to speak.

Albany Intercessor


Acts 17 and Psalms 23 & 27

September 20, 2014

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. (Acts 17:16)
      Holy Spirit, help us to be provoked in our spirits as Paul was when we confront the idolatries of our day in our own communities.

Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious;” (Acts 17:22)
      LORD, please help us understand that being “very religious” doesn’t help us if the object of our worship is anything other than you.

“for in Him we live and move and have our being,” (Acts 17:28a)
      Jesus, please help us live and move and have our being in you.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
      LORD, shepherd me so that I shall not be in want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. (Psalm 23:2)
      Jesus, bring to places of quietness and rest.

He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3)
      Holy Spirit, restore my soul and lead me into your paths of righteousness for the sake of the name of Jesus.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
      Jesus, thank you that I can live and die in the hope of the resurrection. Thank you for guiding me and comforting me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. (Psalm 23:5)
      Lord, over and over again you have provided for me and my family when I am troubled by others. Thank you.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. (Psalm 23:6)
      Thank you, Jesus, for your goodness and mercy. Help me dwell in your presence all the days of my life.

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)
      LORD, I wait on you, strengthen my heart. Thank you.

WORD: Come into my arms.

Daily Lectionary
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Esther 2:5-8,15-23*: Acts 17:16-34: John 12:44-50
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Esther 3:1-4:3*: James 1:19-27: Matt. 6:1-6,16-18
Holy Communion
145 or 145:1-8; Jonah 3:10—4:11; Philippians 1:21-27; Matthew 20:1-16

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for the health workers who risk their lives to treat the sick and the dying.

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.Mark Pasko and 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
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

State St.

Steve (regular) — He gave thanks for the business he has had so far this month and we prayed for more.

David (man) — “Hit and Run” prayer

+ 199 Raekwon (young man) — “To stay out of trouble.” He gave his life to Jesus, confessing his sins and made a first time commitment.

Dobine (man) “Hit and Run” prayer

+ Fred (man) — He was evicted from his apartment and is now warehoused in a motel and needs food.

+ 199 Terrence (young man) — He is walking with Jesus day by day. We prayed for his continued walk.

+ Agnes (older woman) — “For my kids.”

++ Sharadiant (young woman) — She cried as she asked prayer for her step-father who has cancer. She took a cross for him.

+ Mark (young man) — We prayed that God would keep him safe and steady.

+ John (regular, older man) — He is going to have major surgery on his right leg and knee in about 3 weeks.

+ 199 Junior (man rode up on his bicycle) — He is living in a bad neighborhood. We prayed that he would be a light shining in the darkness of his neighborhood.

+ Deborah (regular) — She gave thanks that she is back at work. We also prayed for her friend Miss Mary with whom she stayed when Deborah first returned to Schenectady.

Albany St.

+++ Linda — She asked prayer for good health, order in her school, her brother James, and for her 3 children.

+ Star — She wants to get on the basketball team, also asked prayer for peace and kindness.

+ Michael — Prayer for him as he was passing by on the way to work. Peace and guidance in his life.

Estelle — For people to be kind and peaceful, for people to more loving and caring.

+ Terrance — for his body for good health, for provision in his life.

Albany Intercessor


Prayers from today’s lectionary

September 19, 2014

Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (John 12:42-43)
      Father, we live in a generation that is under great pressure from those who stand for “political correctness” to not confess the name of your son Jesus. Move through this land with your Holy Spirit and give strength of heart and mind to your people to openly confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. Thank you.

But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.” (Acts 17:6)
      Jesus, I pray that such an accusation could be laid against us in this diocese: that we “have turned the world upside down” for the sake of your name.

But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command brought by his eunuchs; therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him. (Esther 1:12)
      LORD, raise up more women who will refuse to put themselves on display to gratify male lust.

Nevertheless I am continually with you; you hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. (Psalm 73:23-24)
      Thank you. Jesus, for the hope you have given me.

WORD: I AM your help in your time of need.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Esther 1:1-4,10-19*: Acts 17:1-15: John 12:36b-43
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Esther 2:5-8,15-23*: Acts 17:16-34: John 12:44-50

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for the health workers who risk their lives to treat the sick and the dying.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:10 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre 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

Emmy (volunteer) — We prayed for God’s blessing on her service.

Ted (volunteer in his 80s) — He is now back after 5 weeks of illness with 17 days in the hospital. We prayed for him and his granddaughter Camille who has Lyme’s disease.

Antonio (volunteer) — We spent time together praising Jesus and praying for his witness to others.

+ Stephen (man) — He asked prayer for “love”. He is estranged from his sons Stephen (18 ) and Noah (16). We prayed for reconciliation between them.

+ a Richard (man) — Richard has clearly experienced great trauma in his life. We prayed for deliverance and for the Holy Spirit to bring him to freedom in Jesus.

+Kristal (woman) — She asked if it was OK to pray to Jesus and not just to God the Father. We assured her that it was OK. We prayed for protection and guidance for her.

Jackie (young woman) — We prayed for healing of her left foot and that she would be able to get her house done and in order.

Stephen (young man who has also come to the State St. prayer table) — He prayed for us. It was a joy to see him; we had not seen him for several months.

***** Here are the prayers from our Prayer Table at St. John’s, Johnstown:
(+ = cross given)

Angela: strength and comfort
Brian: thanksgiving
Jennifer:support and peace
+ Debbie: husband’s sickness
+Doris: new job and new move; husband Phil
Justin: a job
+ Johnny and Clifton: thanksgiving for healing; 12 teeth being pulled today

Thank you for praying for us, Laurie

***** Prayer Table Report ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM, (Monday, Sept. 15, 20-14, 9:45-10:45 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Cool, cloudy day. We gave away a lot of non-perishable food, clothing/shoes and winter coats, plus crosses in addition to prayer. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)

t — received cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
a — anointed with Holy Oil.
f — received free food we offer.
c — received free clothing we offer.

      Note: We also gave out the rest of the school supplied we have been giving to children and families. We gave out most of the seasonal clothing we have gathered from our members, and what we did NOT give out at the table, I brought the rest to the Glenville station of Salvation Army. They will see that needy people in our area use the rest. Beginning next Monday, we will resume giving out winter items — hats, gloves and socks.

a,f,c — REBECCA — She is having trouble with her thyroid getting bigger. In addition to the discomfort she is having trouble sleeping. She has another doctor appointment this week. We prayed for healing.

f,c — NANCY — Gave her a blessing for protection and safety. (She lives with her sister.)

DONNA — She is the distance runner who normally stops. Today she just smiled and said “God Bless you!” as she soared past us!

t,f,c — ALBERTO — This a very serious, sensible young man who has come every week this summer. This time he asked for prayers for people who are out of work all over the world to find jobs. He also asked for prayers for his family.

STEVE — He works at the free meal given out across the street at the Masonic Temple. He didn’t want prayer but said “Thank you for helping the people like this.”

f,c,t — BETSY — She asked for prayer for her sister MARGARET, who does not believe in God. We prayed for Margaret to someday accept Christ and walk with Him.

f,c,t,a — JULIO — First-time visitor to the table, just moved here. He asked for prayers for his own well-being and health and for his mother, who still lives in Puerto Rico.

MARSHALL — He didn’t want prayer and did not take anything today we offered, but he was pleasant and said “God bless you” to me. (This was a tremendous breakthrough for Deacon Alan. There was a time not long ago when he used to curse and gesture at me and whoever else was at the table, but table ministers James Bryant and John Banfield have befriended him over the last few months and now he comes and says hello.)

f,c — MAN and WOMAN (no names given) — Appeared to be very needy first-time visitors. Prayed for their safety and protection.

f,c,a,t,t,t — IVA — First-timer. She said she and her family are trying to buy a house and get into a better living situation, but some problems have come up with the sale. We prayed that the sale will come off if it is what God wants for Iva and her family.

f,c — EDWIN — A regular who sometimes prays WITH us for others. He asked for prayer for ” … work getting done on my house.” Apparently he is getting repairs and it has made things difficult in some ways he did not explain.

t,a,f,c — JoLYNN — First time she has come to the table. She is handicapped but gets around. She asked for prayer for healing and for some other concerns. The Lord knows the details.

f,c — MAN (No name) — This man works as a caregiver for several people in Amsterdam. He checks on them every day, makes sure they are up and about and have eaten, taken their medicine, etc. He often stops and takes clothing and food to give to them all. Today he said to us, “It’s a wonderful thing your church does here providing for the poor. You know, the poor don’t have ANYTHING, and they have no way of getting it!”

f,c,t,t — DARCY — A weekly visitor to His table. She asked for continued guidance and safety.

Albany Intercessor


Various Scriptures prayed over the past week

September 18, 2014

But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of my burial. For the poor you have with you always, but me you do not have always.” (John 12:7-8 )
      Holy Spirit, show us how to respond to both Jesus (as Mary did) and to the needs of the poor (as Judas Iscariot did not).

The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing. (Psalm 65:13)
      Thank you, LORD, for letting us see this.

Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. (Matthew 18:32)
      Holy Spirit, please help us have compassion on all those who are in debt to us. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us. Thank you.

For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:7-8 )
      Help me to know my place in your body, Jesus, and live so that others may live. Help us to love our brethren as you have loved us.

He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the children of Israel. (Psalm 103:7)
      Thank you for your mercy, Father.

Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)
      Jesus, we believe and we long to see the glory of God manifested in your church and among your people.

Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles. (Acts 15:12)
      Holy Father, we pray that your church will lsten to those through whom you are working.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)
      Holy Spirit, blot out my transgressions. Cleanse my heart, my soul, my spirit of the memories of my transgressions.

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. And I know that you always hear me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that you sent me.” (John 11:41-42)
      Jesus, we know that right now you are interceding for us and we thank you Father that you hear him.

Now when he had said these things, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” (John 11:43-44)
      Lord, if we have bound anyone by our resentments or anxieties, help us loose those bindings and let them go.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; (Psalm 139:23)
      Lord Jesus, you have searched me and know all that is in my heart and my soul. Come with your Holy Spirit and calm my anxieties. Thank you.

And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:24)
      Holy Spirit, lead me in your everlasting ways. Lead me across the Jordan River into you land of promise.

The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!” (John 12:19)
      Jesus, help me go after you as well.

Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. (Acts 16:6-10)
      Acts 16:6-10, WORD: Follow the promptings of my Holy Spirit as Paul and his companions did.
      Father, please help me to be obedient to your Holy Spirit as Paul and the others were.

If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, him my Father will honor. (John 12:26)
      Jesus, help me to be where you are

Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things! (Psalm 72:18 )
      Jesus, fill me with the wonder of your deeds.

Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. (John 12:35)
      Jesus, please help us daily walk by the light of your word and your Holy Spirit.

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them. (John 12:36)
      Holy Spirit, please help us become children of light.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from you, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to you. (Psalm 139:11-12)
      Jesus, thank you that there is no darkness dark enough to hide us from your light.

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. (Acts 16:25)
      Holy Father, I pray that you will send many witnesses into our jails and prisons to sing the songs of Zion and pray so that the prisoners may hear the Good News.

And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30)
      Holy Spirit, help both the prisoners and jailers to come to the place where they ask this questions.

So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)
      Holy Spirit, help the jailers and prisoners hear this answer.

Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. (Acts 16:32)
      Lord, raise up men and women who will speak the word of God to them.

And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.’ “ (Job 28:28 )
      Lord, bring the House of Bishops to this wisdom and understanding.

WORD: Listen to my word for you.
WORD: You are in my care.
WORD: Come to me just as you are.
WORD: Look to me for guidance.
WORD: Come to me; I AM waiting for you.
Acts 16:6-10, WORD: Follow the promptings of my Holy Spirit as Paul and his companions did.
WORD: Share my love with others.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: [70], 71 * 74; Job 28:1-28: Acts 16:25-40: John 12:27-36a
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Esther 1:1-4,10-19*: Acts 17:1-15: John 12:36b-43

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. It is decimating whole communities.

Albany Intercessor


John 11, Acts 15 and Psalm 96

September 11, 2014

Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:24-26)
      Yes, Lord, I believe this. You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Thank you for coming into my life.

Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.” (Acts 15:10-11)
      Lord, when I bring someone to you, let me not put any burdens on them of the law, but point them to a life of grace — free grace from you. Thank you.

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless his name; proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day. (Psalm 96:1-2)
      Father, let that new song of joy flow from my lips so that I proclaim the good news of your salvation from day to day. Thank you.

WORD: Share my love with others.
WORD: Come, hold my hand and walk with me.
WORD: I AM with you. Don’t be afraid.
WORD: Come to me. Come into my arms.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 93, 96; Job 29:1,31:1-23: Acts 15:1-11: John 11:17-29
Friday: 40,54 * 51; Job 29:1,31:24-40: Acts 15:12-21: John 11:30-44

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the victims and families of those with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. It is decimating whole communities.

***** St. John’s Johnstown, Prayer Table Sept 10, 2104
(+ indicates cross was given to person)

+ Arlene: liver and aging problems

+ Lois–lost cat

+Pam: stage 4 lung cancer; prayers for strength

+ Rich: safety on his bike ride later that day

Lee: safe travels to Mississippi

Madalyn: peace and good family time

+Owen: surgery on tear in knee

+Angie: husband Brian is in Afghanistan

+ Ralph: for his creativity and his new dog

+Donna: job was terminated

Windy: for her mom Eileen

Albany Intercessor


John 10:27-29

September 8, 2014

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)
      Jesus, please help me daily hear your voice and follow you. Thank you for knowing me.

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28 )
      Jesus, thank you that I am safe in your hands.

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:29)
      Father, thank you for giving me to Jesus and for holding me in your hand.

WORD: Lay the burdens of your hearts before me.
WORD: I AM with you in the hard times.

Daily Lectionary
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Job 32:1-10,19-33:1,19-28: Acts 13:44-52: John 10:19-30
Tuesday: 45 * 47, 48; Job 29:1-20: Acts 14:1-18: John 10:31-42

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** ***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:1) from Union Church of Manila Part 1 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 10, 2014 http://vimeo.com/103041562

***** Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Part:2 – Forgiveness) from Union Church of Manila Part 2 of Luke 5:17-26 by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at the Union Church of Manila, August 17, 2014 http://vimeo.com/103623391

***** Sun, Aug 24, 2014, “Healing Our Hearts”, Jesus Heals a Paralytic Part 3 (Luke 5: 17-26) by Pastor Steve Ruetschle: http://vimeo.com/104215103

***** Friends of the Paralytic: Part 4 of Jesus Heals a Paralytic sermon series by Pastor Steve Ruetschle at Union Church of Manila, August 31, 2014. http://vimeo.com/104833410

***** Part 5 “And The Spirit of the Lord was Present to Heal” by Union Church of Manila on Vimeo, September 8, 2014 https://vimeo.com/105514637

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, September 6, 2014, 9:10 – 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans and Torre Bissell on State St. and Mark Pasko and Dn. Larry Hubert on Albany St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
NT– indicates received a New Testament
B–indicates received a Bible

State St.

+ a José (man) — He asked prayer for good health and a job.

+ Andre (young man) — He asked prayer for “my life and my daughter.”

+ Deborah (regular) — Miss Mary’s brother William is visiting from the South. Deborah got a cross for him. Deborah had an asthma attack this past week.

+Jessie (young man) — When asked if he wanted prayer he said, “I’m a pastor’s son so I don’t mind.” He asked prayer for work.

+ Galinda (mom), +Alex (13), +Evelyn (young girl), +Edward (11), and Jazmin (young girl) — We blessed them as a family that they will receive God’s provision for them and a good year in school.

199 David (man) [already had a Dennis Adams cross on] — He gave his life anew to Jesus. He said, “I love Jesus.” He confessed his sins and accepted God’s forgiveness. He had a big beaming smile when told he was clean.

+Sham (man) — We blessed him.

+ 199 Harry (man) and + young son and young +grandson — He drove up in a car and parked beside us and said, “I came to get prayer.” Harry confessed his sins and renewed his commitment to Jesus. He asked prayer for his older son who is backsliding.

+Karim (man) — He was not prepared to give his life to Jesus.

Albany St.

A passing red truck gave us a blessing.

Madelyn — She asked prayer for Uncle James (games) and Uncle James who is sick. He is 99 years old and blind. 2 uncles named James.

+ Jason (man) — He asked prayer for his children who are separated from him, for a good relationship with them, and for frequent and good visits with them.

Ben and Ann — Passing by, quick prayer.

Julie — Needs a new home soon.

Bishem (man) — Continujed better life, his life is improving but he still needs it to be better (we have prayer for him before).

For Hamilton School — Angel and Estelle are having trouble with the new school, fitting in.

Albany Intercessor


Job 19 and Psalm 35

September 5, 2014

“I know that my redeemer lives, (Job 19:25a)
      Jesus, I have seen you change my life and the lives of others so I know that you live.

and he shall stand at last on the earth; (Job 19:25b)
      Jesus, I long for that day of your return.

and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, (Job 19:26)
      Father, I live in the hope of the resurrection.

whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. (Job 19:27a)
      Father, I like the prodigal son will be able to rush into your arms of love.

How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:27b)
      Jesus, I long for the day of your return.

Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” (Psalm 35:3b)
      Holy Spirit, speak your word of comfort to my heart. Thank you.

WORD: Look to me. I AM your hope and I love you.
WORD: Bring the burdens of your heart to me. Rest in me no matter what.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 31 * 35; Job 19:1-7,14-27: Acts 13:13-25: John 9:18-41
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Job 22:1-4,21-23:7: Acts 13:26-43: John 10:1-18

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, September 4, 2014, 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
B–indicates receiving a Bible

Ted (volunteer in his 80s) — He hopes to be back doing volunteer work at the Mission next week. He was in the hospital over two weeks.

Gary (staff) — He asked prayer for his wife Debbie that she would be free from pain. We prayed that the message he would be giving would touch hearts.

Dan (staff) — His oldest daughter is turning 34 and is doing well. His middle daughter is moving in a positive direction, and his youngest daughter is back in school and has two part-time jobs.

+ 199 Malik and + 199 Nahquan (two teenage boys) — Each confessed their sins to Jesus and accepted him as Lord and Savior.

+ B Jerry (man) — He asked prayer for his brother Tony who is in AA and does not believe in God or any other “Higher Power”. Jerry has a job opportunity.

Antonio (volunteer) — He asked prayer for all the lost sheep out there.

+ 199 Dominique (teenage girl) — She asked prayer for the community and invited Jesus into her heart.

+ 199 B Benjamin (young man) — He came storming into the table next to us and immediately started arguing with two friends of his. It got to the point where one of them got up and left the table. Benjamin continued at such a level with the remaining friend that Chuck went over and got Dan (who coordinates the community meal) to intervene. Dan got Benjamin calmed down some and suggested that Benjamin come over to the prayer table, which he did. We had a long (20 minutes or more) conversation with Benjamin. He was badly hurt by the way others had taken advantage of him. We talked with him and led him to confess his sins to Jesus and accept him as Lord and Savior. He still had a very angry countenance. We showed him 1 John 1:9 and told him that he was now clean, there was a radical change in his whole countenance. We have never seen such a visible working of grace penetrating someone’s heart like this. We could feel the Holy Spirit moving in him. We led him to forgive those who had hurt him. At one point he asked, “Isn’t Jesus still pissed at me for the things I have done?” We told him that Jesus was praying for him right then. He told us how thankful he was that we could explain all this in words he could understand. When he was done, his two friends came to him and we asked them to forgive one another, which they did.

+ Stephen (man) — He came to give thanks and a praise report for abundant answers to prayers with him before. He gave thanks for all that God was doing with his wife Sarah, their son Daniel and their baby Baylea.

+James and Christie [already had a Dennis Adams cross on]

Matt (volunteer, young man) — He asked prayer for guidance.

Albany Intercessor


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