Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers Sunday, April 12, 2020

Staying Safe and Staying Connected

Good Morning Saint Stephen’s Church,

Today is Easter Day!!

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

The Collect for the Day

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Gospel

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John:

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

John 20:1-18

The Gospel of the Lord

The Renewal of Baptismal Vows

               Priest  Today we renew our baptismal vows.

               Priest  Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil and renew your                               commitment to Jesus Christ?
               People             I do.

               Priest  Do you believe in God the Father?
               People  I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                              creator of heaven and earth.
               Priest  Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
               People  I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
                              He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
                                   and born of the Virgin Mary.
                              He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
                                   was crucified, died, and was buried.
                              He descended to the dead.
                              On the third day he rose again.
                              He ascended into heaven,
                                   and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
                              He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
               Priest  Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
               People  I believe in the Holy Spirit,
                        the holy catholic Church,
                        the communion of saints,                
                        the forgiveness of sins,
                        the resurrection of the body,
                        and the life everlasting.
               Priest  Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the                               breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
               People  I will, with God’s help.
               Priest  Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into                               sin, repent and return to the Lord?
               People  I will, with God’s help.
               Priest  Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in                               Christ?
               People  I will, with God’s help.
               Priest  Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor                               as yourself?
                People  I will, with God’s help.
               Priest  Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect                               the dignity of every human being?
               People  I will, with God’s help.
               Priest   May Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has                               given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and bestowed                               upon us the forgiveness of sins, keep us in eternal life by his                               grace, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
             People   Amen.

From Our Prayers of the People

Today, let’s pray:

For the peace and unity of the Church of God; for all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the truth.

For all affected by the coronavirus around the world. For comfort and healing for all who are affected by the Coronavirus, and for physicians, nurses, and all others who minister to the sick and the suffering, may God grant them wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience, and may God keep them healthy and safe.

Our Church Leaders: Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop, William Love, and Daniel Herzog our bishops; James and Dennie our priests; Pat our deacon and Allison our Lay Reader

For those on the Parish Prayer Chain:  Barbara, Frank, Jeanne, Chris, Walter, Theresa.

For those who are homebound: Stephen, Pauline, Joan, Janet and Marilyn.

Those who are imprisoned: those particularly vulnerable at this time, especially the women in the Schenectady County Jail.

For those in need of healing: Mark, the Guiles family, Cindi, Peter, Mary Frances, Debbie, and Joe.

For all the blessings of this life.

For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion: Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and the People of the Land of the Holy One

For all who have died:  especially Irene, David, Frances, George, Howard, Hazel, William, Marjorie, Mary and Fred.

For one another.

Something to share

Please send us pictures of your Easter Sunday. Send us pictures of you, send us pictures of eggs, send us pictures that convey joy. Let’s share the spirit of Easter together.

News and Updates

Worship for Easter Sunday

Click on this post to view the National Cathedral live stream, Children’s Bible story and Fr. James’ Homily for Easter.

Reminders                                 

If you have an update/news, a prayer or poem or something inspirational you would like us to share with the congregation, please send it to us. Please also send us any prayer requests. We will incorporate these into the Morning Prayers as best we can.

Our church campus is closed. All parish meetings and gatherings are canceled and postponed until further notice.

Our goal is for all of us to stay in touch and connected in this time of isolation.

Share this news, and spread some love, not the virus!

Be of good courage. We are in this together, and we will be together again soon. God bless you and may God be with us in the days ahead.

Peace,

James+