Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Wednesday, March 16, 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

O Holy Spirit, who gives grace where You will, come into me and ravish me to Yourself. The nature that You made, change with honeysweet gifts, that my soul, filled with delightful joy, may despise and cast away all the things of this world, that it may receive spiritual gifts, given by You, and going with joyful songs into infinite light may be all melted in holy love.

                  – Richard Rolle, 1349

Richard Rolle was a fourteenth century English mystic and hermit who wrote works in both Latin and English, including commentaries and poems. Rolle began studies at Oxford, but left those studies for the contemplative life. He is recognized with a feast day in the Episcopal Church alongside Walter Hilton and Margery Kempe on September 28th.

From Our Prayers of the People 

For the special needs and concerns of our congregation.  

For people throughout the world: in places of war and strife, and for all victims of violence and oppression.  

For the Presidents of Russia and Ukraine, that wisdom and courage may prevail in the cause of peace.

For the people of Ukraine, the people of Russia, and for all who affected by violence and war;

For those who have taken up arms, whether aggressively or defensively, that a spirit of peace may reign in their hearts and in their lands.

For our allies around the world in harm’s way: for those who are still trying to leave Afghanistan and the Ukraine; 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: Walker, Gerald, Dan, Mary, Bill, Diana, Jackie, Susan, Adrian, Hugh, Craig, 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 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: Liz, Kathy, Janet, Marilyn, Eunice, Ruth, Mary Frances, Vincent, Priscilla, Joe, and all their families. 

For Budd – today is his birthday!

For all the blessings of this life.

For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion: The Diocese of Kinshasa – Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo.

For all who have died:  Florence Bentley, Lucy Totterdale, Gertrude Dunmore, Edmund Tatge, and Frieda Wyman.

Something to share

Wind The wind was a care-free soul     That broke the chains of earth, And strode for a moment across the land    With the wild halloo of his mirth.He little cared that he ripped up trees,     That houses fell at his hand, That his step broke calm on the breast of seas,     That his feet stirred clouds of sand. But when he had had his little joke,     Had shouted and laughed and sung, When the trees were scarred, their branches broke,     And their foliage aching hung, He crept to his cave with a stealthy tread,     With rain-filled eyes and low-bowed head.                –   Gwendolyn Bennett

News and Updates 

Intergenerational Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt – Mark your calendars and plan on joining us after the 9:30 service on Sunday, March 27 for a special coffee hour and egg hunt extravaganza for ALL ages! We will split into two teams, follow clues around the church, and finally complete a puzzle together to finish the fun!

Come Join us for the 2022 Crop Walk 

When: Sunday, May 1 after the 9:30 service

Where: Meet in the Parish Hall

What: A 30 minute walk (about 1 ½ miles) 

Why: To raise money and awareness for the thirsty and hungry in our community and world.

To Register for our team or To Donate:

Schenectady Community Ministries (SiCM) – Thank you again for your continued support of the SiCM Rev. Phil Food Pantry.  For the month of March we are collecting:

·         snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks, snack-size pretzels, crackers & chips, etc.)

·         Knorr food packets (pasta and rice sides, bouillon and food mixes).

In addition to having the pantry open four days a week, each week SiCM volunteers bring food to Schenectady residents eligible for food delivery.   SiCM has recently begun distributing food at Martin Luther King School every other week when parents come to pick up their children, reaching families who cannot get to the pantry.

St. Joseph’s Place – On the last Wednesday morning of each month St. Stephen’s volunteers make lunches for the guests at St. Joseph’s Place.   If you would like to participate, contact Carole Merrill-Mazurek or Richey Woodzell.  We welcome contributions toward the cost of the food and supplies, which you can put in the offering plate or mail to the church office.


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:

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:

If you need a prayerbook, and are not in a position to purchase one, please contact me: I will make sure you have your own Book of Common Prayer. 

Masks are optional for all gatherings at the church.

Our office email is:

Our goal is for all of us to stay in touch and connected.

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.

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