Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Saturday November 7, 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 The LORD is my light and my salvation;

whom then shall I fear? *

    the LORD is the strength of my life;

    of whom then shall I be afraid?

2 When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, *

 it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who

                             stumbled and fell.

3 Though an army should encamp against me, *

    yet my heart shall not be afraid;

4 And though war should rise up against me, *

    yet will I put my trust in him.

5 One thing have I asked of the LORD;

one thing I seek; *

    that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days

                             of my life;

6 To behold the fair beauty of the LORD *

    and to seek him in his temple.

7 For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe

                             in his shelter; *

    he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling

    and set me high upon a rock.

8 Even now he lifts up my head *

    above my enemies round about me.

9 Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation

with sounds of great gladness; *

    I will sing and make music to the LORD.

10 Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call; *

    have mercy on me and answer me.

11 You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.” *

    Your face, LORD, will I seek.

12 Hide not your face from me, *

    nor turn away your servant in displeasure.

13 You have been my helper;

cast me not away; *

    do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.

14 Though my father and my mother forsake me, *

    the LORD will sustain me.

15 Show me your way, O LORD; *

    lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.

16 Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, *

    for false witnesses have risen up against me,

    and also those who speak malice.

17 What if I had not believed

that I should see the goodness of the LORD *

    in the land of the living!

18 O tarry and await the LORD’S pleasure;

be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; *

    wait patiently for the LORD.  

Psalm 27

Psalm 27 is a psalm of trust; the psalmist has no fear of enemies in the protective refuge of the presence of God and God’s Temple. In Judaism this psalm is recited from late summer through early fall, the period of seeking forgiveness from God surrounding Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur. 

Where is our help to come from?

Look to the Lord; be strong and of good courage! O Look to the Lord!

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:   Sylvia, Irene, Jeanne, Bridget, Josh, Amy, Edwina and her husband, Donald, Mark, Cheryl, Marissa, Zeta, Paul,  Karen, and Kevin.

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 Harry and Teddy –  today is their baptismal anniversary!

For all the blessings of this life.

For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion: Rumbek (South Sudan), The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands (West Indies), Kwara (Nigeria)    .

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

For one another.

Something to share

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Our God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of Thy throne

Thy saints have dwelt secure;

Sufficient is Thine arm alone,

And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,

Or earth received her frame,

From everlasting Thou art God,

To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight

Are like an evening gone;

Short as the watch that ends the night

Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever rolling stream,

Bears all our years away;

They fly, forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the opening day.

Our God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Be Thou our guide while life shall last,

And our eternal home.

Hymnal 1982, #680; Isaac Watts

News and Updates

Sunday Eucharist Live stream – tomorrow morning —- Just  visit:  https://www.facebook.com/SaintStephensSchenectady/ before 9am on Sunday the 8th and wait for the live stream to be posted. If you cannot join us at 9, the video will be posted after the service is completed.

If you plan to attend in person tomorrow morning, November 8th at 9:00am, for the celebration of Holy Eucharist, to help you understand what to expect, please watch the video below:

And/or, tomorrow morning, join us for the celebration of Holy Eucharist live-streamed from the National Cathedral at 11:15am.  This is another way in which we can worship together albeit remotely. All you have to do is click on the link below, and it should take you to the service.

Prayerbook Morning Prayer in Zoom – tomorrow morning and every morning.  Join our parishioners for an inter-active service of Morning Prayer at 9 am. Time to bring your prayer concerns will be provided.  (contact Becky for the link: becky.holder@gmail.com)

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 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 information: https://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.