Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Wednesday, October 6, 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

Almighty God, whose is the eternal only power, and other men’s power but borrowed of thee: we beseech thee for those who hold office in this (nation, city, borough etc.) that, holding it first from thee, they may use it for the general good and to thine honor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

          –  William Tyndale, 1536

William Tyndale was born near the Welsh border. He received bachelors and masters degrees from Oxford and also studied at Cambridge. Ordained about 1521, he spent his early ministry as a domestic chaplain and tutor in Gloucestershire and London.

Tyndale was a man with a single passion – to translate the Holy Scriptures into English. Whereas Wyclif’s Bible was translated from the Latin Vulgate, Tyndale’s was the first to be translated directly from the Hebrew and Greek originals. To an opponent of his plan he said: ‘If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plough shall know more of the Scripture than thou dost.’ Receiving no support from the English church authorities for his translation project, Tyndale settled in Germany never to return, and it was there that his Bible was published. Many of the strong English phrases of Tyndale’s version were retained unchanged in the King James Authorized Version.

King Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, and others sought to destroy Tyndale’s work and put him to death. He was betrayed by a friend and was strangled and burned at the stake on this day in 1536 in Brussels.

Despised in life, William Tyndale is now commemorated on October 6th on the Episcopal calendar.

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 our allies around the world in harm’s way: for those who are still trying to leave Afghanistan; may God be with them and their families.

For comfort and healing for all who are affected by the Coronavirus around the world:  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 as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus variants. 

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 recognize the times we have failed to take action. 

For a reverence for the earth as God’s own creation: that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to God’s honor and glory, and for wisdom, guidance, and persistence as we face the challenges of climate change and work for the flourishing and health of all the earth. 

For those on the Parish Prayer Chain Gus, Pat, Katie, Mike, June, Kenny, Danny, Charlotte, Diana, Caleb, June, Ruth, David, Kathy Nick, Roberta, Beth, Walker, Warren, Steven, Susan, Ann, John, Stephen, Don, Ruth.

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

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

For our Church Leaders: Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop; Michael G. Smith, Assisting 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: Don, Eunice, Vincent, Priscilla, Ruth, Mary Frances, Debbie, Joe. 

For all the blessings of this life.

For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion:  The Diocese of Garissa – The Anglican Church of Kenya.

For all who have died:  Lawrence, Ralph, Leland, Blanche, and Marian.

Something to share

The English Sword

There once was a time when Holy Scripture

Was deprived from the common folk

Not able to engage in devotions at night

Or in the morning when they awoke

God’s Word was reserved for the intellectual elite

And confined to the language of Latin

Robbed from the poor were God’s principles

Leaving them blind, empty and misshapen

Till a man took upon himself a mission

To bring sacred writ to the populous

Revealing to all God’s salvation call

And His mercy and righteousness

But no easy task would this mission be

His own life would be sought and threatened

But fear would not dissuade his call to the unsaved

It was for them that the Gospel was written

Following the example of his Savior

He gave his life for his countrymen

A sacrifice born from his love for the Word

And to deliver sinners from sin

Martyred for Christians with English accents

The Gospel now rings in their own dialect

To be a refuge from temptations that ensue

To exhort, uplift, and protect

The Sword of the Spirit can now be held

In the hands of the laity

Birthing light where once there was none

Promoting spiritual equality

By the life and death of William Tyndale

I can now unsheathe my English Sword

To live unto God by His divine precepts

And in my own language give praise to the Lord

Take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)

              – Descyple91 

News and Updates

Family Halloween Afternoon – Please join us on Saturday, October 16 at 4:00 in the Parish Hall. We will have pumpkins for the kiddos to decorate (if you would like to carve your pumpkin, bring carving tools), haunted gingerbread houses for each family to create, crafts and games, and pizza and snacks for dinner.  Costumes are welcome! All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Bethany at office@st-stephens.church by 10/10.

Episcopal Migration Ministries – The Episcopal Church has served immigrants new to the U.S. since the late 1800s, when the Church opened port chaplaincies to minister to sojourners on both coasts. In the 1930s, local parishes collected donations to provide steamship passage for those fleeing Nazi Europe. Out of this effort, the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief (PBF) was born, the forerunner organization to Episcopal Relief & Development and Episcopal Migration Ministries. Through the mid- and late 20th century, we partnered with other faith organizations to resettle those oppressed by the Iron Curtain and the genocides of Southeast Asia. In the 1980s Episcopal Migration Ministries was formally established and, in partnership with a network of affiliate agencies, dioceses, churches, and volunteers, is today one of only nine national agencies through which all refugees enter the United States. Episcopal Migration Ministries is trying to find sponsors and housing for Afghan people entering the U.S.   Perhaps this is a way St. Stephen’s congregation could provide this ministry. 

https://episcopalmigrationministries.org/volunteer-community-interest-form/

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 Daily 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. Sunday Morning Prayer is at 8:00am.Time to bring your prayer concerns will be provided.  (contact Becky for the link:   becky.holder@gmail.com).

Our church campus is only partially open during the waning of the pandemic.  Please see our website for further information: https://st-stephens.church/. Hopefully, most parish meetings and gatherings will resume this fall.

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

Home Communions: If you or someone you know is unable to attend church on either a long or short‑term basis, please contact me (james.ross.mcd@gmail.com) if you would like to have communion brought to you. We will make visits on Sunday after our regular Eucharist at church.

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.

For All Gatherings at the Church – Every individual on site NEEDS to wear a mask, even if you have been vaccinated! The mask should conform to ASC standards (covering both nose and mouth, well fitted – not a bandana/gator/scarf).  Let’s work together to keep the few activities we have!

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.