Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Monday, January 24, 2022

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

In a world where many are lonely:

We thank you for our friendships.

In a world where many are captive:

We thank you for our freedom.

In a world where many are hungry:

We thank you for your provision.

We pray that you will:

Enlarge our sympathy,

Deepen our compassion,

And give us grateful hearts.

In Christ’s name.

                –  Terry Waite

Terry Waite was the Assistant for Anglican Communion Affairs for the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, in the 1980s. As an envoy for the Church of England, he traveled to Lebanon to try to secure the release of four hostages, including the journalist John McCarthy. Waite was kidnapped and held captive from 1987 to 1991. After his release he wrote Taken on Trust, a book about his experiences, and became involved in humanitarian causes and charitable work. 

In 2004, Waite returned to Beirut for the first time since his release from captivity. He told the BBC, “If you are bitter, it will eat you up and do more damage to you than to the people who have hurt you.” He traveled again to Beirut in December 2012 to reconcile with his captors and lay to rest what he described as the ghosts of the past.

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 vaccinations, may God grant them wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience, and may God keep them healthy and safe.

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:   Jim, Bruce, Chris, Audrey, June, Caleb, Sunny, Josh T, Pat J.

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 and Carol Gallagher, Assisting 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: Charline, Janet, Marilyn, Don, Eunice, Ruth, Mary Frances, Vincent, Priscilla, Joe, and all their families.

For all the blessings of this life.

For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion: The Diocese of Kafanchan – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) (Abuja Province).

For all who have died:   Jane Tatge, Jesse Dipley and Gladys Wilcox.

Something to share

Give Thanks for Everything

Give thanks for everything you have,

For everything you receive,

And for everything you are going to receive.

Never cease to give thanks,

For this positive attitude towards life –

The very act of giving thanks –

Draws the best out of you,

Helps to keep your heart and mind open;

Helps to keep your awareness expanding.

The more blessings you count,

The more they increase.

             –  Eileen Caddy

News and Updates 

Free Covid-19 Test Kits – the federal government is making free covid-19 test kits available for each household (4 total). You can make the request at www.covidtests.gov. Anyone who may have more test kits than they need can donate them to SiCM. They will be distributed to those SiCM serves.

New Address:

Christopher and Patricia Jones

204 Glen Eddy Drive

Niskayuna,m NY 12309

New phone is: 518-280-8097 (home phone at Glen Eddy)

Cell phone unchanged for Chris (Pat has no cell phone):

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 next year.

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 and always wear a mask.

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.

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