Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Friday, November 6, 2020

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Staying Safe and Staying Connected

Good Morning Saint Stephen’s Church,

We continue our life of daily prayer. The Lord be with you!

Today’s Prayer

1 I will bless the LORD at all times; *

    his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2 I will glory in the LORD; *

    let the humble hear and rejoice.

3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD; *

    let us exalt his Name together.

4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me *

    and delivered me out of all my terror.

5 Look upon him and be radiant, *

    and let not your faces be ashamed.

6 I called in my affliction and the LORD heard me *

    and saved me from all my troubles.

7 The angel of the LORD encompasses those who fear him, *

    and he will deliver them.

8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; *

    happy are they who trust in him!

9 Fear the LORD, you that are his saints, *

    for those who fear him lack nothing.

10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger, *

    but those who seek the LORD lack nothing that is good.

11 Come, children, and listen to me; *

    I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

12 Who among you loves life *

    and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?

13 Keep your tongue from evil-speaking *

    and your lips from lying words.

14 Turn from evil and do good; *

    seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, *

    and his ears are open to their cry.

16 The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, *

    to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the LORD hears them *

    and delivers them from all their troubles.

18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted *

    and will save those whose spirits are crushed.

19 Many are the troubles of the righteous, *

    but the LORD will deliver him out of them all.

20 He will keep safe all his bones; *

    not one of them shall be broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked, *

    and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

22 The LORD ransoms the life of his servants, *

    and none will be punished who trust in him.

Psalm 34

Psalm 34 emphasizes praise of God for deliverance from trouble. In the original Hebrew it is an acrostic psalm. The psalm can be divided into two sections, vv 2-11 and 12-22; the second half in particular has wisdom affinities. It is a reminder that the righteous do encounter misfortune but it is never permanent. God who is ever present will remove it.

From Our Prayers of the People 


At the time of finalizing this Daily Prayer the results of the presidential election are unknown and may remain unknown for some time. We pray for patience so that every vote is counted and we pray for patience for ourselves as we await the results. 

We continue to pray for the nation, for people everywhere, and for one another. Dennie and I are here to support you. Please let us know what we can do to help.

For the special needs and concerns of our congregation. 

We remember people throughout the world: in places of war and strife, especially refugees and all victims of violence and oppression.

For the just and proper use of your creation: for the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

For those affected by the wild fires in the west and Hurricane Delta in the south: for those who are grieving the loss of homes, possessions and loved ones, that their safety and security may be restored.

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 all historical acts of injustice and oppression: especially those perpetuated against native, Black, Hispanic and various Asian Americans in this abundant land, that we may recognize racism in ourselves, in our church, in our society, and the times we have failed to take action.

For those on the Parish Prayer Chain:  Charles, Joe, Debbie, Cindi, Doug, Hugh, Debby, Joan, Hank, Joan, Craig, Stephanie, Joan, Budd, Chris, Theresa, Emily .

For those who are homebound: Stephen, 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.

Members who request our prayers for strength and healing: Budd,  Jean, Cindi, Mary Frances, Debbie, Joe.

For Stephanie Grimason and Priscilla Sprague – today is their birthday!

For Dave Crates – today is his baptismal anniversary!

For all the blessings of this life.

For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion: Ruaha (Tanzania), Europe (England), Europe (The Episcopal Church).

For all who have died:  especially Doris, Katharine, Mae, William, Pauline.

For one another.

Something to share

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,

like the wideness of the sea;

there’s a kindness in his justice

which is more than liberty.

there is welcome for the sinner,

and more graces for the good;

there is mercy with the Savior;

there is healing in his blood.

There is no place where earth’s sorrows

are more felt than up in heaven:

there is no place where earth’s failings

have such kindly judgment given.

There is plentiful redemption

in the blood that has been shed;

there is joy for all the members

in the sorrows of the Head.

For the love of God is broader

than the measure of the mind;

and the heart of the Eternal

is most wonderfully kind.

If our love were but more faithful,

we should take him at his word;

and our life would be thanksgiving,

for the goodness of the Lord.

       –  Hymnal 1982, #469; Frederick William Faber

 Lisa and I are pleased to share that our granddaughter was born yesterday morning at Bellevue Woman’s Center: Emilia Jean McDDonald, 7lb 13 oz. Everyone is healthy and happy!

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: james.ross.mcd@gmail.com.

Prayerbook 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 Becky Holder for the link:   becky.holder@gmail.com)

If you need a prayerbook, and are not in a position to purchase one, please contact me: james.ross.mcd@gmail.com. I will make sure you have your own Book of Common Prayer. 

Our church campus is only partially open due to the current pandemic.  Please see our website for further informationhttps://st-stephens.church/. Most other parish meetings and gatherings are canceled and postponed until further notice on our website.

Our new office email is: office@st-stephens.church.

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!

Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be at your back,

May the sun shine upon your face,

he 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.