Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation:
Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of
Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess
by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, p.224
Our prayers are asked for --
All who are ill or in distress including:
Joan Gilliland -- getting checked out;
Susan Sawyer -- continuing treatment, and
Jim & Annie -- who can't be together for now.
May they know the healing power of
Christ's presence and love.
for the repose of Pamela McGuigan's brother,
and for all who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic;
and for those whom we hold in blessed memory, including
Robert & Franceska Cairns,
Elisabeth & Robert Glenn, Martin Maher
Norton & Franceska Morrison
The strife is o'er, the battle done;
the victory of life is won.
In thanksgiving for the birthdays of
Austin L,, Bob D., Daniel D., David M.
May they grow in wisdom and grace!
Let us thank God for --
for Mark Rehnstrom singing his own composition,
"On earth has dawned this day of days;"
for Alicia & Phil B. pruning the driveway hydrangeas,
and for the faithful service of our Finance Committee and Vestry through these challenging times!
We thank you for setting us at tasks that engage our best efforts,
and for guiding us to accomplishments that satisfy and delight us.
Please continue to hold in prayer:
Avery M., Sandy G., Lois Creighton, Murray E., Brooke & family, Murray E., Kate S., Tracy M., Carl, Winnie Z.,; Jennifer, Robert & James; Carol L-U, Judy & Eddie G. and family, Sandy & Roy N., Madeline Hubbard, Kelly Gatto, Paul Dostie, Lois Sawtell, Hope Sperry, Bob van Marx, Kelly, Joanne Neel-Richard, Dave Kurcharski, Nancy Cairns, Fred Murphy, Margaret Smith, Philomena, Justin, Bob Augur, Jean, Virginia Maioriano, Florence Clark, Linda, Michael Sandrey
Also: Linda Brouard, June Chittick, Charlie Koncz, Anne Christofferson, Mark Scott, Angela Goodfellow, Maria, Bob, Olivia, Lois, and Jo.
Please also remember: St. Luke’s School & Church in Martel (Haiti).
To add names and concerns for next Sunday's intercessions, and this "Let Us Pray" letter, please send them to YFNR at firstname.lastname@example.org with any details you care to share. Names will then move to the "continuing" list for 30 days, and the longer term list upon request.
An Easter Message from Sewanee:
Sewanee, otherwise known as the University of the South, prepared a visually beautiful and spiritually inspiring Easter message. The preacher is the University chaplain, my friend and former classmate, the Rev. Tom Macfie; one of the other voices is (English Professor) Pamela Macfie, his wife and also a good friend. Hearing Tom's take on the Resurrection, and seeing the beauty of the Domain, may tip you off on why I love the place. You can find it here.
Wednesday Evening Prayers
Our livestream evening service of prayer and music will continue this Wednesday, April 22 at 7p.m., The service will be a form of the Order for Evening with lots of candlelight. We'll again use the stirring Litany for the season of the pandemic, written by Anne & +Jeffrey Rowthorn -- former bishop suffragan in Connecticut. An order of service will be available Wednesday morning here.
Thursday Morning Bible Study will continue this Thursday, April 9, 9:30-10:30a.m. on Zoom. We will move into Chapter 9; sometimes called "God on Trial" Here's the link to our online conversation: click here: Participation by telephone is also possible; I'll send the connection number on request.
A bit more about 1st Lieutenant Joseph B.Williams:
In Sunday's sermon, I told the story of the chalice given to Chaplain Williams by his parish in Pelham, NY -- the only part of the communion set they gave him to survive a German bombardment during the closing days of World War II. Although Fr. Williams sustained respiratory damage during his service. he went on to be the founding rector of a parish in the booming Chicago suburb of Barrington. The stress of that position caused the respiratory issue to return; eventually he became the part-time vicar of a small country congregation outside Eugene, Oregon; he also became his partner Clyde's chief assistant in Clyde's sought-after interior design studio. I became acquainted with Joe & Clyde when a newly ordained deacon dragged Fr. William's out of retirement to celebrate the Eucharist for the small congregation placed in the deacon's care. I'm sorry to report that the Church did not always honor Joe's devoted ministry; but in my experience, in the words of the Collect above, he showed forth in his life what he professed by his faith.
That was from last Sunday's Collect for the Second Sunday in Easter. Here's a prayer For Recovery from Sickness
O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers:
Mercifully accept our prayers,
and grant to your servants the help of your power,
that their sickness may be turned into health,
and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
BCP, p. 458
As I trust you are aware, the wave of infection is moving up I-95; so please be careful, stay safe, say your prayers, and in the words of Florence Nightengale, "Wash your hands!"
In the faith, hope and love of Christ,,
p.s. Reminders for Christ Church's online worship:
We feature various authors from around our parish, commenting on topics of interest to our community. Enjoy! Comment if you are so moved!