Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Thursday, June 30, 2022

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church 

Staying Safe and Staying Connected

This will be the last ‘Daily Prayer’ email from me.  Begun at the onset of the pandemic two years ago to help keep our congregation prayerfully together in our isolation, it has become a spiritual link between me and all my church family and friends.  If you wish, you will still receive a weekly email of the Sunday’s readings and various announcements for the life of St. Stephen’s congregation.  Jrm+

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,  

We continue our life of daily prayer. The Lord be with you!

Today’s Prayer

Guardian, guide, no pillar of cloud by day nor fire by night,

Yet I sense your presence with me, God of the journey.

You are walking with me into a new land.

You are guarding me in my vulnerable moment.

You are dwelling within me as I depart from here.

You are promising to be my peace as I face the struggles

of distance from friends and security,

the planting of feet and heart in a strange place.

Renew in me a deep trust in you. Calm my anxiousness.

As I reflect on my life I can clearly see

how you have been there in all of my comings.

You will always be with me in everything.

I do not know how I am being resettled,

but I place my life into the welcoming arms of your love.

Encircle my heart with your peace.

May your powerful presence run like a strong thread

through the fibers of my being. Amen.

–        Adapted from an ancient Celtic blessing

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: Reena, Jim, Bruce, Chris, Audrey, June, Caleb, Josh T, Pat J., Daniel, Doris, Camellia, Beverly

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: Mary Ann, David, Marilyn, Eunice, Ruth, Mary Frances, Vincent, Priscilla, Joe, and all their families.  

For David , Budd and Carole– today is their baptismal anniversary!

For all the blessings of this life.

For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion:  The Diocese of West Malaysia – The Church of the Province of South East Asia.

For all who have died:  Mary Ann Baum.

For one another.

Something to share

Ninety-Fifth Street

Words can bang around in your head

Forever, if you let them and you give them room.

I used to love poetry, and mostly I still do,

Though sometimes “I, too, dislike it.” There must be

Something real beyond the fiddle and perfunctory

Consolations and the quarrels—as of course

There is, though what it is is difficult to say.

The salt is on the briar rose, the fog is in the fir trees.

I didn’t know what it was, and I don’t know now,

But it was what I started out to do, and now, a lifetime later,    

All I’ve really done. The Opening of the Field,

Roots and Branches, Rivers and Mountains: I sat in my room

Alone, their fragments shored against the ruin or revelation

That was sure to come, breathing in their secret atmosphere,

Repeating them until they almost seemed my own.

We like to think our lives are what they study to become,

And yet so much of life is waiting, waiting on a whim.

So much of what we are is sheer coincidence,

Like a sentence whose significance is retrospective,

Made up out of elementary particles that are in some sense

Simply sounds, like syllables that finally settle into place.

You probably think that this is a poem about poetry

(And obviously it is), yet its real subject is time,

For that’s what poetry is—a way to live through time

And sometimes, just for a while, to bring it back.

                            – John Koethe

The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls

The tide rises, the tide falls,

The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;

Along the sea-sands damp and brown

The traveller hastens toward the town,

      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

Darkness settles on roofs and walls,

But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls;

The little waves, with their soft, white hands,

Efface the footprints in the sands,

      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls

Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls;

The day returns, but nevermore

Returns the traveller to the shore,

      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

                   – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

News and Updates 

SiCM Summer Meals Still Need Us!  We need two more volunteers for July 5 and one for July 6.  Thanks to all of you who have signed up.

Please contact Richey Woodzell at erwoodzell@gmail.com for any days you’re willing to volunteer or serve as a sub.

Details: 

St. Stephen’s will be doing the summer meals at Central Park June 29-July 1 and July 5-8.  

•  We will need at least 4 volunteers per day, and it would be good to have a list of substitutes. 

•  Time commitment:  12:40 to 2:30 

Reminders

Prayerbook Morning Prayer in Zoom – will continue each morning.  Join Allison de Kanel and others 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).

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

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. God bless you and may God be with us in the days ahead.

Goodbye, Farewell, Amen,

James+

Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Wednesday, June 29, 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

Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdom: Grant that your Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

         –  Book of Common Prayer, p.241

Today is the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul.

Saints Peter and Paul, the two greatest leaders of the early Church, are commemorated separately, Peter on January 18, for his confession of Jesus as the Messiah, and Paul on January 25, for his conversion. They are commemorated together on this day in observance of the tradition of the Church that they both died as martyrs in Rome during the persecution under Nero, in 64.

Paul, the well-educated and cosmopolitan Jew of the Dispersion, and Peter, the uneducated fisherman from Galilee, had differences of opinion in the early years of the Church concerning the mission to the Gentiles. More than once, Paul speaks of rebuking Peter for his continued insistence on Jewish exclusiveness; yet their common commitment to Christ and the proclamation of the Gospel proved stronger than their differences; and both eventually carried that mission to Rome, where they were martyred. According to tradition, Paul was granted the right of a Roman citizen to be beheaded by a sword; Peter, like Christ, was crucified, though with head downward.

Today is a major holiday in Rome. Banks, stores, and even the Vatican are closed. Celebrations there include lots of flowers and fireworks.

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: Oonie, Walker, Gerald, Dan, Mary, Bill, Diana, Jackie, Susan, Adrian, Hugh, Craig, Marilyn, Sylvia, Laura, Angelina

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: Mary Ann, David, Marilyn, Eunice, Ruth, Mary Frances, Vincent, Priscilla, Joe, and all their families.  

For Aralyn – today is her baptismal anniversary!

For all the blessings of this life.

For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion:  The Diocese of Southern Malawi – The Church of the Province of Central Africa.

For all who have died:  Mary Ann Baum.

For one another.

Something to share

St. Peter

St. Peter once: “Lord, doest Thou wash my feet?”—

Much more I say: Lord, dost Thou stand and knock

At my closed heart more rugged than a rock,

Bolted and barred, for Thy soft touch unmet,

Nor garnished in any wise made sweet?

Owls roost within and dancing satyrs mock.

Lord, I have heard the crowing of the cock

And have not wept: ah, Lord, thou knowest it.

Yet still I hear Thee knocking, still I hear:

“Open to Me, look on Me eye to eye,

That I may wring thy heart and make it whole;

And teach thee love because I hold thee dear

And sup with thee in gladness soul with soul,

And sup with thee in glory by and by.” 

                –  Christina Rossetti

A Sonnet for Saint Paul

An enemy whom God has made a friend,

A righteous man discounting righteousness,

Last to believe and first for God to send,

He found the fountain in the wilderness.

Thrown to the ground and raised at the same moment,

A prisoner who set his captors free,

A naked man with love his only garment,

A blinded man who helped the world to see,

A Jew who had been perfect in the law,

Blesses the flesh of every other race

And helps them see what the apostles saw;

The glory of the lord in Jesus’ face.

Strong in his weakness, joyful in his pains,

And bound by love, he freed us from our chains.

                   – Malcolm Guite

News and Updates 

SiCM Summer Meals Still Need Us!  We need two more volunteers for July 5 and one for July 6.  Thanks to all of you who have signed up.

Please contact Richey Woodzell at erwoodzell@gmail.com or 518-852-6796 for any days you’re willing to volunteer or serve as a sub.

Details: 

St. Stephen’s will be doing the summer meals at Central Park June 29-July 1 and July 5-8.  

•  We will need at least 4 volunteers per day, and it would be good to have a list of substitutes. 

•  Time commitment:  12:40 to 2:30 

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

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. God bless you and may God be with us in the days ahead.

Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Staying Safe and Staying Connected

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

Today’s Prayer

When I need just a minute

God,

I need to settle down. I am feeling rushed and driven, careening from one task to another and it feels like I’m in motion but I’m not going anywhere. So God, could you point out what is amiss?…Gather me into a quiet place, if only in my mind, so that what is happening around me, or should be happening, doesn’t take up all my awareness.

God, be God of this moment. Fully. God of my heartbeat, and my intentions. God of my urgency and of my unspoken desires. Show me what is possible, and what is fitting for this time.

Bless me God. Oh God of my life, thank you for showing me that small lives can be beautiful, valuable, even efficient. 

–         Kate Bowler

Kate Bowler is associate professor of history of Christianity in North America at Duke Divinity School. Her published scholarly books explore the prosperity gospel, a Christian movement centered on promises of wealth and happiness, and Christian women celebrities within American evangelicalism. Bowler is also the author of a bestselling spiritual memoir about her experience with Stage IV cancer, titled Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved). She now creates a variety of resources – such as a podcast, a book club, and prayers – that support people in taking a more honest look at suffering and faith. The above prayer is taken from “7 Prayers for Uncertain Times,” which you can download in full here: https://katebowler.com/7-prayers-for-uncertain-times/

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: Myra, Candace, Daryl, Joan, Charline, Ralph, Mary Ann, Joe, Jeanne, Theresa, Josh, Donald, Judith, David

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: Mary Ann , David, Marilyn, Eunice, Ruth, Mary Frances, Vincent, Priscilla, Joe, and all their families.  

For Mary Frances – today is her baptismal anniversary!

For all the blessings of this life.

For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion:  The Diocese of Northern Malawi – The Church of the Province of Central Africa.

For all who have died:  Mary Ann Baum.

For one another.

Something to share

First Letter of the Hebrew Women to St Paul

Hebrew Women, apostles of Christ Jesus to Paul,

alleged saint, notorious scribbler: grace to you

and peace from God our Father. Now look here:

Adam could have said ‘no thanks’ or ‘apples

disagree with me’. He didn’t. He had a bite

as well. So he was deceived. Just like Eve.

We’re equal and get used to it. We washed his feet,

made his tea, stood under the cross.

Where were you? On some road to Damascus.

Useless. Chapter 2: this new covenant is all very well

but we have a soft spot for the old one. That tabernacle

had our best candlesticks in it, a gold jar

with jam by Manna and a lot of tablet. We want

it back. You promise this and you promise that.

Be quiet. Let the hidden person of the heart speak out.

Chapter the last: every Tom, Dick and Harry’s

given hospitality at yours in case they might be

angels. Fine. But haven’t you noticed the spinning

saucers we’ve got above our heads?

Faith is a stubborn doubt before what you despair of

and the conviction of things you can see with your own two eyes.

–         David Kinloch

News and Updates 

How Episcopalians Can Respond to Gun Violence – On Tuesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern on Zoom, Bishops United Against Gun Violence will host “Doing Our Part: How Episcopalians Can Respond to Gun Violence in Our Communities and States.” 

For more information visit the website: bishopsagainstgunviolence.org/doing-our-part-how-episcopalians-can-respond-to-gun-violence-in-our-communities-and-states/

You can  register to join the Zoom meeting:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqd-itrj0tHtJTsL3KBaIEN065KX0ncIUX

SiCM Summer Meals Still Need Us!

St. Stephen’s will be doing the summer meals at Central Park June 29-July 1 and July 5-8.  

•  We will need at least 4 volunteers per day, and it would be good to have a list of substitutes. 

•  Time commitment:  12:45 (at the latest) to 2:30 

•  All volunteers must complete a training session and sign a volunteer training form.  A training video will be available on the SiCM website this week.  The form can be downloaded from the SiCM site; there will also be copies in the nave extension.  Get them back to Richey or bring when you come to Central Park.

•  Duties:  Greet truck and unload supplies, hand out meals, keep count, interact with /provide activities for kids, clean up site.

Thank you to those who have signed up!  We need some more volunteers for July 1, 5 and 6.  Please contact Richey Woodzell at erwoodzell@gmail.com or 518-852-6796 for any days you’re willing to volunteer or serve as a sub. 

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

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.

Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Monday, June 27, 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

For Times of Change

Assist us, Lord, in living hopefully into the future. In the face of change, help us to set unnecessary fears aside and to recognize our potential for creative response. Help us to develop a reasonable optimism when confronted by “the new” and to guard against our own defensiveness. Be with us as we remember and celebrate former times, and keep us from unreasonable yearning for them, which takes us from the work you have set before us in our time. All this we ask in the name of your Child, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

      – The Rev. Linda C. Smith-Criddle

This prayer was found in the collection Women’s Uncommon Prayers: Our Lives Revealed, Nurtured, Celebrated. Work on this book began with a meeting of the Episcopal Church’s Council of Women’s Ministries in 1999. The collection’s preface states that they had “a vision of Episcopal women speaking authentically with one another and with their church at large; a vision of women sharing the richness and diversity of their spirituality.” The Rev. Linda C. Smith-Criddle is an Episcopal priest and former hospital chaplain.

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: Reena, Jim, Bruce, Chris, Audrey, June, Caleb, Josh T, Pat J., Daniel, Doris, Camellia, Beverly 

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: Mary Ann, David, Marilyn, Eunice, Ruth, Mary Frances, Vincent, Priscilla, Joe, and all their families.  

For Salvatore, Bethany and David- today is their birthday!

For Joan – today is her baptismal anniversary!

For all the blessings of this life.

For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion:  The Diocese of Lake Malawi – The Church of the Province of Central Africa.

For all who have died:  Mary Ann Baum.

For one another.

Something to share

Lost

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you

Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,

And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,

Must ask permission to know it and be known.

The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,

I have made this place around you.

If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.

No two trees are the same to Raven.

No two branches are the same to Wren.

If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,

You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows

Where you are. You must let it find you.

      –  David Wagoner

News and Updates 

SiCM Summer Meals Still Need Us!

St. Stephen’s will be doing the summer meals at Central Park June 29-July 1 and July 5-8.  

•  We will need at least 4 volunteers per day, and it would be good to have a list of substitutes. 

•  Time commitment:  12:45 (at the latest) to 2:30 

•  All volunteers must complete a training session and sign a volunteer training form.  A training video will be available on the SiCM website this week.  The form can be downloaded from the SiCM site; there will also be copies in the nave extension.  Get them back to Richey or bring when you come to Central Park.

•  Duties:  Greet truck and unload supplies, hand out meals, keep count, interact with /provide activities for kids, clean up site.

Thank you to those who have signed up!  We need some more volunteers for July 1, 5 and 6.  Please contact Richey Woodzell at erwoodzell@gmail.com or 518-852-6796 for any days you’re willing to volunteer or serve as a sub.

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

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. God bless you and may God be with us in the days ahead.

Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Sunday, June 26, 2022

Staying Safe and Staying Connected

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

Today is Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Collect for the Day

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Gospel

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 9:51-62:

When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

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: Oonie, Walker, Gerald, Dan, Mary, Bill, Diana, Jackie, Susan, Adrian, Hugh, Craig, Marilyn, Sylvia, Laura, Angelina  

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: Mary Ann, David, Marilyn, Eunice, Ruth, Mary Frances, Vincent, Priscilla, Joe, and all their families.  

For Elissa – today is her birthday!

For all the blessings of this life.

For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion:  Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan.

For all who have died:  Mary Ann Baum.

For one another.

Something to share

 ‘Epilogue’

Maybe our paths will cross
when this universe folds in and makes another.
Maybe, at the point

when all that is, and all that’s ever been,
collapses into everything else and is remade,
our paths will cross, however briefly, and

our terminus become a junction.
It may be a long shot. I will take it
and hope and trust our paths will cross again.

  Oliver Tearle

News and Updates 

Our Sunday Eucharist begins at 9:30am

If you would like to attend the Sunday service from home,  just  visit:  https://www.facebook.com/SaintStephensSchenectady/ at 9:30 am and wait for the live stream to be posted. If there are technical issues with the livestream so that it stops, please try re-entering. Do not wait for it to come back on. It may take a few minutes for the livestream to start again, so please be patient.  The live video is automatically recorded, so it will be available for viewing later on in the day or week if you can’t be online at 9:30. 

This morning’s Lessons:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kamcSU03FiJ2tlq6bJT-37R5mBCXQHkW/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=109485766909959793279&rtpof=true&sd=true

Insert:

This morning’s bulletin:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WNe64BT6QDf5zC5OUyjWqRIS8fYGM7YM/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=109485766909959793279&rtpof=true&sd=true 

New Ushers Needed – We are looking for new ushers to help us on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested please see Vicki Hoshko or Allison de Kanel for more information. 

SiCM Summer Meals Update

St. Stephen’s will be doing the summer meals at Central Park June 29-July 1 and July 5-8.  

•  We will need at least 4 volunteers per day, and it would be good to have a list of substitutes. 

•  Time commitment:  12:45 (at the latest) to 2:30 

•  All volunteers must complete a training session and sign a volunteer training form.  A training video will be available on the SiCM website this week.  The form can be downloaded from the SiCM site; there will also be copies in the nave extension.  Get them back to Richey or bring when you come to Central Park.

•  Duties:  Greet truck and unload supplies, hand out meals, keep count, interact with /provide activities for kids, clean up site.

Thank you to those who have signed up!  We need some more volunteers for July 1, 5 and 6.  Please contact Richey Woodzell at erwoodzell@gmail.com or 518-852-6796 for any days you’re willing to volunteer or serve as a sub.

Coffee Hour – Volunteers are needed to sign up for coffee hour.  Please visit the homepage of our website to choose an available date from now through the end of summer. Thanks!

SiCM Pantry-  Thank you for your donations of cleaning supplies!  For June we are collecting spices and seasonings, which are not usually stocked by the pantry.  Please see a full list of spices needed in the nave extension, near where you put your contributions.

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

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. God bless you and may God be with us in the days ahead.

Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Saturday, June 25, 2022

Staying Safe and Staying Connected

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

Today’s Prayer

The work of the Creator is visible.

Let us respond with praise.

The example of Jesus is apparent.

Let us respond with obedience.

The wind of the Spirit is blowing

Let us respond with joy.

The word of God is calling.

Let us respond by serving with thanksgiving.

        – Daily Prayers for Moravians

The Moravian Church is a denomination with which the Episcopal Church is in full communion, meaning that we mutually recognize one another’s ministries and can share more easily in ministry together, through things like congregations that combine communities of both denominations or allowing ministers of both denominations to serve in each other’s churches. The above prayer comes through a devotional resource for the denomination, Daily Prayers for Moravians.

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: Reena, Jim, Bruce, Chris, Audrey, June, Caleb, Josh T, Pat J., Daniel, Doris, Camellia, Beverly

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: Mary Ann, David, Marilyn, Eunice, Ruth, Mary Frances, Vincent, Priscilla, Joe, and all their families.  

For Erin – today is her birthday!

For all the blessings of this life.

For our dioceses in the Anglican Communion:  The Diocese of Malakal – The Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (Upper Nile Province).

For all who have died:  Paul Tanner, Lila Wood, Hugh Campbell, Jr., Tom Chouffi, Louis Hibbs, and Michael Cotton.

For one another.

Something to share

An excerpt from Aurora Leigh

And truly, I reiterate, … nothing’s small!

No lily-muffed hem of a summer-bee,

But finds some coupling with the spinning stars;

No pebble at your foot, but proves a sphere;

No chaffinch, but implies the cherubim:

And,–glancing on my own thin, veined wrist,–

In such a little tremor of the blood

The whole strong clamor of a vehement soul

Doth utter itself distinct. Earth’s crammed with heaven,

And every common bush afire with God;

But only he who sees, takes off his shoes—

The rest sit round it and pick blackberries.

–  Elizabeth Barrett Browning

News and Updates 

Tomorrow’s Lessons:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kamcSU03FiJ2tlq6bJT-37R5mBCXQHkW/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=109485766909959793279&rtpof=true&sd=true 

New Ushers Needed – We are looking for new ushers to help us on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested please see Vicki Hoshko or Allison de Kanel for more information. 

SiCM Summer Meals Update

St. Stephen’s will be doing the summer meals at Central Park June 29-July 1 and July 5-8.  

•  We will need at least 4 volunteers per day, and it would be good to have a list of substitutes. 

•  Time commitment:  12:45 (at the latest) to 2:30 

•  All volunteers must complete a training session and sign a volunteer training form.  A training video will be available on the SiCM website this week.  The form can be downloaded from the SiCM site; there will also be copies in the nave extension.  Get them back to Richey or bring when you come to Central Park.

•  Duties:  Greet truck and unload supplies, hand out meals, keep count, interact with /provide activities for kids, clean up site.

Thank you to those who have signed up!  We need some more volunteers for July 1, 5 and 6.  Please contact Richey Woodzell at erwoodzell@gmail.com or 518-852-6796 for any days you’re willing to volunteer or serve as a sub.

Coffee Hour – Volunteers are needed to sign up for coffee hour.  Please visit the homepage of our website to choose an available date from now through the end of summer. Thanks!

SiCM Pantry-  Thank you for your donations of cleaning supplies!  For June we are collecting spices and seasonings, which are not usually stocked by the pantry.  Please see a full list of spices needed in the nave extension, near where you put your contributions.

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

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.

Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Friday, June 24, 2022

Staying Safe and Staying Connected

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

Today’s Prayer

Almighty God, by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Savior by preaching repentance: Make us so to follow his teaching and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and, following his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

      – Book of Common Prayer, p. 241

Today is the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

John the Baptist was a Jewish itinerant preacher in the early 1st century AD. He is mentioned by the Hebrew historian Josephus and revered as a major religious figure in Christianity, Islam, and the Baha’I Faith. John is considered a prophet by these faiths and he is considered a saint in many Christian traditions. According to the New Testament, John anticipated a messianic figure greater than himself, and the Gospels portray John as the forerunner of Jesus. He announces Jesus’ coming and prepares the people for Jesus’ ministry. In the Gospel of Luke, John the Baptist and Jesus are cousins, whose births are six months apart.

John the Baptist is the patron saint of many different subjects, including builders, tailors, printers, conversion to faith, and people dealing with storms and their effects (like hail). He also serves as the patron saint of a variety of places throughout the world, such as Puerto Rico, Jordan, Quebec (Canada), Charleston (South Carolina), and Cornwall (England).

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: Myra, Candace, Daryl, Joan, Charline, Ralph, Mary Ann, Joe, Jeanne, Theresa, Josh, Donald, Judith, David   

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: Mary Ann, David, Marilyn, 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 Malaita – The Anglican Church of Melanesia.

For all who have died:  Paul Tanner, Lila Wood, Hugh Campbell, Jr., Tom Chouffi, Louis Hibbs, and Michael Cotton.

For one another.

Something to share

I am too loud when you are gone

I am too loud when you are gone

I am John the Baptist, cheated by mere water

and merciful love, wild but over-known

John of honey, of time, longing not for

music, longing, longing to be Him

I am diminished, I peddle versions of Word

that don’t survive the tablets broken stone

I am alone when you are gone.

          Leonard Cohen

News and Updates 

New Ushers Needed – We are looking for new ushers to help us on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested please see Vicki Hoshko or Allison de Kanel for more information. 

SiCM Summer Meals Update

St. Stephen’s will be doing the summer meals at Central Park June 29-July 1 and July 5-8.  

•  We will need at least 4 volunteers per day, and it would be good to have a list of substitutes. 

•  Time commitment:  12:45 (at the latest) to 2:30 

•  All volunteers must complete a training session and sign a volunteer training form.  A training video will be available on the SiCM website this week.  The form can be downloaded from the SiCM site; there will also be copies in the nave extension.  Get them back to Richey or bring when you come to Central Park.

•  Duties:  Greet truck and unload supplies, hand out meals, keep count, interact with /provide activities for kids, clean up site.

Thank you to those who have signed up!  We need some more volunteers for July 1, 5 and 6.  Please contact Richey Woodzell at erwoodzell@gmail.com or 518-852-6796 for any days you’re willing to volunteer or serve as a sub.

Coffee Hour – Volunteers are needed to sign up for coffee hour.  Please visit the homepage of our website to choose an available date from now through the end of summer. Thanks!

SiCM Pantry-  Thank you for your donations of cleaning supplies!  For June we are collecting spices and seasonings, which are not usually stocked by the pantry.  Please see a full list of spices needed in the nave extension, near where you put your contributions.

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

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.

Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Thursday, June 23, 2022

Staying Safe and Staying Connected

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

Today’s Prayer

For those who’ve known abandonment

God who stays,

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything

to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being on the way to something

unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress

that it is made by passing through

some stages of instability—

and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;

your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,

let them shape themselves, without undue haste.

Don’t try to force them on,

as though you could be today what time

(that is to say, grace and circumstances

acting on your own good will)

will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit

gradually forming within you will be.

Give Our Lord the benefit of believing

that his hand is leading you,

and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself

in suspense and incomplete.

        –    Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 1955

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a ground-breaking paleontologist and Christian mystic whose vision encompassed the evolution of all matter toward a final goal in which material and spiritual shall coincide and God shall be all in all. A Jesuit priest from Auvergne and a professor of geology at the Catholic Institute in Paris, Teilhard was given high academic honors for his scientific work, but his religious writings were disapproved of by his superiors, and they forbade him to publish them during his lifetime. Teilhard believed God acts within and through the process of evolution towards an Omega Point, when all things are summed up in Christ.

Shortly before he died, he prayed: “O God, if in my life I have not been wrong, allow me to die on Easter Sunday”. He died on April 10th, 1955: Easter Sunday.

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: Reena, Jim, Bruce, Chris, Audrey, June, Caleb, Josh T, Pat J., Daniel, Doris, Camellia, Beverly 

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: Mary Ann, David, Marilyn, Eunice, Ruth, Mary Frances, Vincent, Priscilla, Joe, and all their families.   

For Tom – today is his birthday!

For all the blessings of this life.

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

For all who have died:  Paul Tanner, Lila Wood, Hugh Campbell, Jr., Tom Chouffi, Louis Hibbs, and Michael Cotton.

For one another

Something to share

This is the time to be slow

This is the time to be slow,

Lie low to the wall

Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let

The wire brush of doubt

Scrape from your heart

All sense of yourself

And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,

Time will come good;

and you will find your feet

Again on fresh pastures of promise,

Where the air will be kind

And blushed with beginning.

       –  John O’Donohue

News and Updates 

New Ushers Needed – We are looking for new ushers to help us on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested please see Vicki Hoshko or Allison de Kanel for more information. 

SiCM Summer Meals Update – St. Stephen’s will be doing the summer meals at Central Park June 29-July 1 and July 5-8.  

•  We will need at least 4 volunteers per day, and it would be good to have a list of substitutes. 

•  Time commitment:  12:45 (at the latest) to 2:30 

•  All volunteers must complete a training session and sign a volunteer training form.  A training video will be available on the SiCM website this week.  The form can be downloaded from the SiCM site; there will also be copies in the nave extension.  Get them back to Richey or bring when you come to Central Park.

•  Duties:  Greet truck and unload supplies, hand out meals, keep count, interact with /provide activities for kids, clean up site.

Thank you to those who have signed up!  We need some more volunteers for July 1, 5 and 6.  Please contact Richey Woodzell at erwoodzell@gmail.com or 518-852-6796 for any days you’re willing to volunteer or serve as a sub.

Coffee Hour – Volunteers are needed to sign up for coffee hour.  Please visit the homepage of our website to choose an available date from now through the end of the summer. Thanks!

SiCM Pantry-  Thank you for your donations of cleaning supplies!  For June we are collecting spices and seasonings, which are not usually stocked by the pantry.  Please see a full list of spices needed in the nave extension, near where you put your contributions.

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

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.

Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Staying Safe and Staying Connected

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

Today’s Prayer

Give us grace, O God, to dare to do the deed which we well know

cries to be done. Let us not hesitate because of ease, or the

words of men’s mouths, or our own lives. Mighty causes are

calling us—the freeing of women, the training of children, the

putting down of hate and murder and poverty—all these and

more. But they call with voices that mean work and sacrifices

and death. Mercifully grant us, O God, the spirit of Esther, that

we say: I will go unto the King and if I perish, I perish.

     –  W.E.B. Du Bois, 1963

W.E.B. Du Bois, born in 1868, was an advocate for other black Americans in a variety of ways throughout his life. In 1903, he published the book The Souls of Black Folk, an influential text that introduced the idea of “double consciousness,” a concept that says African Americans are always contending with viewing themselves through the lens of the surrounding racist society. He was a leader in the Niagara Movement, a civil rights organization. Soon after, he helped found the NAACP and served as the editor of the organization’s monthly journal. Over the course of his life, he fought against lynching, Jim Crow laws, and many other forms of discrimination. Later in life, W.E.B. Du Bois moved to Ghana, where he died in 1963. Though he wrote this prayer (and a whole collection of prayers for students at Atlanta University, Prayers for Dark People), Du Bois did not identify with any particular church or creed as an adult. 

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: Oonie, Walker, Gerald, Dan, Mary, Bill, Diana, Jackie, Susan, Adrian, Hugh, Craig, Marilyn, Sylvia, Laura, Angelina 

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: Mary Ann, David, Marilyn, Eunice, Ruth, Mary Frances, Vincent, Priscilla, Joe, and all their families.   

For Linda and Belachew & Marti and Austin – today is their wedding anniversary!

For all the blessings of this life.

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

For all who have died:  Paul Tanner, Lila Wood, Hugh Campbell, Jr., Tom Chouffi, Louis Hibbs, and Michael Cotton.

For one another

Something to share

Not Like a Dove

Come Holy Spirit, come

like a red eft creeping out

from under wet leaves

crossing the traveled highway

at night after rain.

Come like the brown anole comes north

unexpected in bananas or limes;

like a gecko hunting roaches on a wall.

Come like Chameleon;

like Iguana still as deep green death

flittering a cloven tongue.

Come like Komodo parting the ways

with your stinking breath. Come

clear the carrion from the isle.

Come Holy Spirit

come like the Dragon remembered of old

rattling and clanking on golden wings.

Seize our treasures for your glittering hoard.

Burn away all that will burn.

     –    Mary F. C. Pratt

News and Updates  

New Ushers Needed – We are looking for new ushers to help us on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested please see Vicki Hoshko or Allison de Kanel for more information. 

SiCM Summer Meals Update

St. Stephen’s will be doing the summer meals at Central Park June 29-July 1 and July 5-8.  

•  We will need at least 4 volunteers per day, and it would be good to have a list of substitutes. 

•  Time commitment:  12:45 (at the latest) to 2:30 

•  All volunteers must complete a training session and sign a volunteer training form.  A training video will be available on the SiCM website this week.  The form can be downloaded from the SiCM site; there will also be copies in the nave extension.  Get them back to Richey or bring when you come to Central Park.

•  Duties:  Greet truck and unload supplies, hand out meals, keep count, interact with /provide activities for kids, clean up site.

Thank you to those who have signed up!  We need some more volunteers for July 1, 5 and 6.  Please contact Richey Woodzell at erwoodzell@gmail.com or 518-852-6796 for any days you’re willing to volunteer or serve as a sub.

Coffee Hour – Volunteers are needed to sign up for coffee hour.  Please visit the homepage of our website to choose an available date from now through the end of summer. Thanks!

SiCM Pantry-  Thank you for your donations of cleaning supplies!  For June we are collecting spices and seasonings, which are not usually stocked by the pantry.  Please see a full list of spices needed in the nave extension, near where you put your contributions.

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

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.

Saint Stephen’s Daily Prayers, Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Staying Safe and Staying Connected

Good Morning, Saint Stephen’s Church,

Today’s Prayer

SUNSHINE let it be or frost,

Storm or calm, as Thou shalt choose;

Though Thine every gift were lost,

Thee Thyself we could not lose.

     – Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, “After St. Augustine”

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge was a British writer who lived from 1861 to 1907. Coleridge published five novels during her lifetime, as well as a number of essays and short stories. While alive, her poetry was only ever published anonymously. A poetry collection under her own name was published after her death, in 1908. Her family was well-connected in the artistic world. Family friends included writers Robert Browning and Lord Alfred Tennyson, and Mary’s father helped to establish the London Bach Choir. Mary taught grammar and literature at the Working Women’s College in London, an institution founded to provide education to working women, such as laundresses, shop assistants, and domestic servants, on a variety of subjects. Mary saw this work as an extension of her Christian faith.

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: Myra, Candace, Daryl, Joan, Charline, Ralph, Mary Ann, Joe, Jeanne, Theresa, Josh, Donald, Judith, David  .

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: Mary Ann, David, Marilyn, Eunice, Ruth, Mary Frances, Vincent, Priscilla, Joe, and all their families.   

For Ronald – today is his baptismal anniversary!

For all the blessings of this life.

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

For all who have died:  Paul Tanner, Lila Wood, Hugh Campbell, Jr., Tom Chouffi, Louis Hibbs, and Michael Cotton.

For one another

Something to share

Self-Question

Is this wide world not large enough to fill thee,

Nor Nature, nor that deep man’s Nature,

Art?

Are they too thin, too weak and poor to still thee,

Thou little heart?

Dust art thou, and to dust again returnest,

A spark of fire within a beating clod.

Should that be infinite for which thou burnest?

Must it be God?

      – Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

News and Updates  

New Ushers Needed – We are looking for new ushers to help us on Sunday mornings.  If you are interested please see Vicki Hoshko or Allison de Kanel for more information. 

SiCM Summer Meals Update

St. Stephen’s will be doing the summer meals at Central Park June 29-July 1 and July 5-8.  

•  We will need at least 4 volunteers per day, and it would be good to have a list of substitutes. 

•  Time commitment:  12:45 (at the latest) to 2:30 

•  All volunteers must complete a training session and sign a volunteer training form.  A training video will be available on the SiCM website this week.  The form can be downloaded from the SiCM site; there will also be copies in the nave extension.  Get them back to Richey or bring when you come to Central Park.

•  Duties:  Greet truck and unload supplies, hand out meals, keep count, interact with /provide activities for kids, clean up site.

Thank you to those who have signed up!  We need some more volunteers for July 1, 5 and 6.  Please contact Richey Woodzell at erwoodzell@gmail.com or 518-852-6796 for any days you’re willing to volunteer or serve as a sub.

Coffee Hour – Volunteers are needed to sign up for coffee hour.  Please visit the homepage of our website to choose an available date from now through the end of summer. Thanks!

SiCM Pantry-  Thank you for your donations of cleaning supplies!  For June we are collecting spices and seasonings, which are not usually stocked by the pantry.  Please see a full list of spices needed in the nave extension, near where you put your contributions.

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

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.