Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Tuesday, March 16, 2021

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

O Holy Spirit, who gives grace where You will, come into me and ravish me to Yourself. The nature that You made, change with honeysweet gifts, that my soul, filled with delightful joy, may despise and cast away all the things of this world, that it may receive spiritual gifts, given by You, and going with joyful songs into infinite light may be all melted in holy love.

                  –        Richard Rolle, 1349

Richard Rolle was a fourteenth century English mystic and hermit who wrote works in both Latin and English, including commentaries and poems. Rolle began studies at Oxford, but left those studies for the contemplative life. He is recognized with a feast day in the Episcopal Church alongside Walter Hilton and Margery Kempe on September 28th.

From Our Prayers of the People 

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 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, and for those administering the vaccination, 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:  Waid, Dan, Hugh, Debby, Irene, Jeanne, Theresa, Josh, Amy, Greg, Craig, Donald.

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

For our Government Leaders: Joseph Biden, President of the United States; Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State; Gary McCarthy, Mayor of Schenectady.

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

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

For Members who request our prayers for strength and healing:  Marilyn, Priscilla, Ruth, Cindi, Mary Frances, Debbie, Joe.

For Budd – today is his birthday!

For all the blessings of this life.

 For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion:  The Diocese of Awgu / Aninri – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) (Enugu Province).

For all who have died:  Lucy, Gertrude, Edmund, Frieda.

For one another.

Something to share

Wind

The wind was a care-free soul 

    That broke the chains of earth, 

And strode for a moment across the land

    With the wild halloo of his mirth.

He little cared that he ripped up trees, 

    That houses fell at his hand, 

That his step broke calm on the breast of seas, 

    That his feet stirred clouds of sand. 

But when he had had his little joke, 

    Had shouted and laughed and sung, 

When the trees were scarred, their branches broke, 

    And their foliage aching hung, 

He crept to his cave with a stealthy tread, 

    With rain-filled eyes and low-bowed head.

Gwendolyn Bennett

News and Updates  

Episcopal Relief & Development (ER&D) in Jerusalem – ER&D maintains a close relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, in order to sustain and support the Church’s presence in the Holy Land. When local governments shut down institutions and put travel restrictions in place in response to COVID-19, Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre (JBPC) of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem quickly transitioned to offering virtual services for children and their families. The center is now preparing for the return of children to the facility as restrictions are lifted.  Additionally, ER&D is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem as they provide medication and PPE, such as masks, gloves and gowns, to Al Ahli and Saint Luke’s hospitals, enabling the hospital staff to continue to provide quality medical care to the most marginalized communities.

To support ER&D’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, please consider making a donation. You may do this through St. Stephen’s.

Reminder

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 parish meetings and gatherings are canceled and postponed until further notice.

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

We continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and the NY  Department of Public Health https://www.health.ny.gov/ for information, updates, and guidance

Be careful what you read online. There are reports of false information circulating in an attempt to create fear and confusion. It is critical to discern what and how something is said as well as what is not said. And, God forbid, always remember – any online or texted-based solicitation from me for money is A SCAM. Do not reply to such messages. Delete them.

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.