Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Sunday, April 4, 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 is Easter Sunday

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 Mark 16:1-8:


When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of
James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.
And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they
went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll
away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked
up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been
rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in
a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he
said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth,
who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the
place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going
ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So
they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had
seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

The Gospel of the Lord

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 perpetrated 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, Gerald .

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; 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:  Eunice, Marilyn, Priscilla, Ruth, Cindi, Mary Frances, Debbie, Joe.

For Jack Grimason – today is his birthday!

For all the blessings of this life.

 For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion:  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

For all who have died:   Robert, Charles, Julia, Adele. 

For one another.

Something to share

Resurrection

All rank on rank the tall white lillies stood,

The graceful palms against the rose-flushed sky

Showed gemmed with dew-drops, and red poppies glowed

Through the rank grass near by.

All hushed the air was – rapt and clear and still

The earth, late racked with pain

Felt it’s insensate form with rapture thrill

And hope was born again

But in that garden there was silence deep,

All nature waited – till a ringing cry

‘Rabboni! Master!’ cleft the dewey air,

And swift the listening sky

Flashed into splendour, and the sun leaped up

And all creation thrilled with joy new-born

Hailing Our risen Lord with ectasy

On that first Easter morn.

Alice Guerin Crist

A Prayer in this time of our Eucharistic Fast

My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. I love you above all things, and long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

            –  St. Alphonsus de Liguori, 1696-1787

Keith & Christine Nelson shared this link with us:  

News and Updates 

Sunday Eucharist Live stream – this morning —- Just  visit:  https://www.facebook.com/SaintStephensSchenectady/ before and wait for the live stream to be posted.

If you plan to attend in person this morning April 4th at 9:00am, for the celebration of Holy Eucharist, to help you understand what to expect, please click on this link: 

Extra safe-seating will be provided for Easter overflow.

And/or, this 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 – this morning at 8 am – and every weekday morning at 9 am.  Time to bring your prayer concerns will be provided. (contact Becky Holder for the link:   becky.holder@gmail.com).

Easter Day Readings:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DPM0AQcw5qAsdSPZktjPdGCd64inQ5te/view?usp=sharing

Easter Flowers:

Easter Day Outdoor Hymns: (print this at home and bring it with you to the church lawn after the Eucharist)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F8cVYFYtT8Pg24yuo08HslVTefALv6NN3KZrE4SRVps/edit?usp=sharing

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 or 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.