Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Thursday, April 8, 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 Wednesday in Easter Week

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Today’s Prayer

       Christ our Passover     Pascha nostrum

1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Alleluia.

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *

    therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *

    but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

        Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *

    death no longer has dominion over him.

The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *

    but the life he lives, he lives to God.

So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *

    and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

        Christ has been raised from the dead, *

    the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since by a man came death, *

    by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, *

    so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

             Book of Common Prayer, p. 83

 

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:  Michael, Mary, Bill, Mary Frances, Jim, Eunice, Jane and Bruce, John, Audrey, Marissa, Melanie, Joe.

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 Diana – today is her baptismal anniversary!

For all the blessings of this life.

 For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion:  The Diocese of Bentiu – The Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan.

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

For one another.

Something to share


Color of Easter

Easter, the glorious season, beautiful to behold, purples,

pinks, whites of decoration, easing our minds into depths

of sorrow, praying and crying, in the garden of Gethesme.

Touching upon the many sins of man, not dwelling long on

them, choosing instead, death, so that all would be forgiven

by God.

What a total sacrifice for such unworthy people as we are,

glory and forgiveness are the most important prerequisites

of His death.

As we live on, carrying the memories from one generation

to another through His most precious blood, spilled for the

sake of man’s sins.

Crucified for our sake, loving everyone totally without

reserve like we should all strive to be in our lives as we

live from day to day.

Instead of using force and violence we need to pray for the

peace God gave us on Easter Day, as He rose from the dead,

saving all of mankind from the brink of hell.

         –  RoseAnn V. Shawiak

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.