Staying Safe and Staying Connected
Good Morning Saint Stephen’s Church,
We continue our life of daily prayer. The Lord be with you!
Let me not look away, O God, from any truth I should see. Even if it is difficult, let me face the reality in which I live. I do not want to live inside a cosseted dream, imagining I am the one who is always right, or believing only what I want to hear. Help me to see the world through other eyes, to listen to voices distant and different, to educate myself to the feelings of those with whom I think I have nothing in common. Break the shell of my indifference. Draw me out of my prejudices and show me your wide variety. Let me not look away.-Rt Rev Steven Charleston
Bishop Steven Charleston is a retired bishop in the Episcopal Church, who served as bishop in the the Diocese of Alaska and also served as the Dean of Episcopal Divinity School. Charleston is also a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He was once the national director for Native American ministries in the Episcopal Church. Charleston has authored many books, including The Four Vision Questions of Jesus, a theological examination of Jesus in the Gospels incorporating perspectives from Native American spirituality. This prayer was found in a collection called “The Anti-Racism Prayerbook” available from Trinity Church in Boston (https://www.trinitychurchboston.org/sites/default/files/ART-Prayerbook-FINAL_0.pdf).
From Our Prayers of the People
Today, let us pray:
For the just and proper use of your creation: for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.
For comfort and healing for all who are affected by the Coronavirus: 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.
For all essential workers: for police, firefighters, EMTs, postal workers, sanitation workers, grocery personnel, delivery and transport workers, and all who must report to work because what they do is essential for our well-being, health, and safety.
For those on the Parish Prayer Chain: Mia, Wim, Doug, Debbie, Cindi, Doug and Hugh.
For those who are homebound: Stephen, Pauline, Joan, Janet and Marilyn.
Our Government Leaders: Donald Trump, President of the United States; Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State; Gary McCarthy, Mayor of Schenectady
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
Those who are imprisoned: those particularly vulnerable at this time, especially the women in the Schenectady County Jail.
For those in need of healing: Cindi, Mary Frances, Debbie, Joe, Matt and Lisa.
For all the blessings of this life.
For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion: New York (The Episcopal Church), Amritsar (North India)
For all who have died: especially Allison, Charles and Hiola.
For one another.
Something to share
“What I love about the ministry of JesusRachel Held Evans
is that he identified
the poor as blessed and the rich as
needy. . .and then he went
and ministered to them both. This, I
think, is the difference
between charity and justice. Justice
means moving beyond
the dichotomy between those who need
and those who supply
and confronting the frightening and
that we desperately need one another.”
I’m half unseen,Ursula K. LeGuin
to me, my skin
to all within.
My eyes can see a star,
but not my mind.
The more I think, the more
I am unfamiliar.
Insight is half blind
Where is my core?
What inwardnesses are
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.
Prayerbook Parish Morning Prayer in Zoom – each morning. Join Dennie and me for an inter-active service of Morning Prayer at 9 am. Time to bring your prayer concerns will be provided. (contact me for the link: firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you did not receive a phone call in the last few weeks from a member of the Vestry and you would like to be added to the communication list, please let me know (email@example.com) and share with me the best telephone number(s) where we can reach you. We will add you to the list right away.
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!
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be at your back,
May the sun shine upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
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.