Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Monday, April 12, 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 God that art the only hope of the world,

The only refuge for unhappy souls,

Abiding in the faithfulness of heaven,

Give me strong succor in this testing place.

O King, protect thy servant from utter ruin

Lest the weak faith surrender to the tyrant,

Facing innumerable blows alone.

Remember I am dust, and wind, and shadow,

And life as fleeting as the flower of grass.

But may the eternal mercy which hath shone

From time of old

Rescue thy servant from the jaws of the lion.

Thou who didst come from on high in the cloak of flesh,

Strike down the dragon with that two-edged sword,

Whereby our mortal flesh can war with the winds

And beat down strongholds, with our Captain God.

The Venerable Bede, 735

A monk of Wearmouth, Bede transferred to Jarrow, where he wrote the history of his abbey and expositions of the Bible which gave him a great reputation among his contemporaries. He also wrote The History of the English Church and People, the major source for the events and personalities of the period when the Anglo-Saxon invaders were being converted.

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, Priscilla, Ruth, Cindi, Mary Frances, Debbie, Joe.

For all the blessings of this life.

 For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion:  The Diocese of Bhopal – The (united) Church of North India.

For all who have died:   Irene, David,  Frances, George, Howard, Hazel, William, Marjorie, Mary, Fred, Peter. 

For one another.

Something to share

Prayer for a Happy Transition

Delight of my Heart,

your joy echoes in my life. I relish this happy transition

now shaping my days.

With the welcoming path before me,

I receive the promise of a new vista,

the benediction of an open road,

the pledge of an unfolding adventure.

Breath of Freshness

my spirit expands and revives.

I taste the air of happiness

and breathe in welcomed newness.

You stir up hope-filled dreams,

restore my belief in all that is good.

You draw me toward contentment

and open the door to deeper trust.

How blessed is this passage of time

when confidence pervades my spirit

and peace permeates my mind/

I move forward with assurance.

Liberating Spirit,

soaring with freedom in my soul,

I fly with the gift of newfound hope,

my inner wings stretching wide.

Faithful Companion,

carry me in your abiding love.

Thank you for leading me closer

to that which encourages my growth.

Source of Joy,

you give me the gift of gladness.

Thank you for this blessed transition

and the chance to enter life more fully.

Sister Joyce Rupp, O.S.M.

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 weekday & Saturday morning.  Join us 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 and transition.

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,

the rains fall soft upon soft upon your fields,

And until we meet again

May God hold you in the palm of God’s 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.