June 16. 2021
Almighty God, look with favor upon your servants who are celebrating the completion of their studies, and the commencement of their next endeavors:
We thank you for all the people who have supported them on their journeys so far;
for having brought them through 15 difficult months,
and we beseech you to continue to sustain them in your Spirit
with joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.
From where I'm sitting, I can see the preparations underway on the Green for tomorrow's graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021. As much fun as last year's graduation parade may have been for the Class of 2020, this return to the Green is certainly worthy of giving thanks! I understand that promotion ceremonies are happening today at our elementary and middle schools. Congratulations to the students and their parents!
On Sunday, we celebrated our graduating seniors: Matthew Cabrejo, Sabrina Doria, Keelyn Ervin, Megan McNamara, Juliette Perez, Sophia Perez, Olivia Ste. Marie, Hannah Tillier, and Lauren Walczyk.
May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you,
as you seek to discover and strengthen your gifts
in the service of God's Creation.
Let us also pray for all who have been commended to the prayers of the parish:
All who are ill, including
Jim F, Kelly F & family, Levi, Suzanne K,
Aunt Chris and Aunt Margie;
and for all who are contending with Covid-19 disease;
for medical caregivers ministering of God's healing gifts;
and for all facing financial hardship.
May they all know the healing power of
Christ's presence and love.
All who have died,
including the over 600,000 of our fellow citizens
claimed by the coronavirus.
Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord;
may light perpetual shine upon them.
Let us offer our thanksgivings for
the birthdays of
Dennis Burke, Jude Iovanna and Joan Stewart,
May they continue to grow in wisdom and grace.
And celebrate and give thanks for Guilford High School's Women's LaCrosse State Championship Team, including
Ella Clarke and Hannah Tillier!
We thank you for challenges that call on our best efforts,
and for leading us to accomplishments
that satisfy and delight us all.
Please also continue to pray for John P, Craig L, Carol U,
Maureen S, Eugenia, and Ann S, Elizabeth, Jim R, Kevin, Danielle, Amy B, Virginia, Sonny P, Alex M. Maryanne M, Diane L, Jason, Peter, Dale, Buster, Jimmy C, Patrick and family, Felipe, Richard D, Alice M, Elizabeth Ann, Parker, Webb, Jill, Andrew E, Ed C, Pastor Bryan Meyers, Bob C, Sue S, George H, Alex & John H, Jeremy H, Shelly, Philippe, Kate, Frank, Jack, Judy & Ed S, Michael M, Richard D, Dave K, Brian A, Annie, John, Lois C., Winnie Z, Bernie and family, Susie & Paul, Pam McG, Julie H, Murray E., Brooke & family, Kate S., Tracy M., Carl, Michael S, Joanne N-R, Madeline H, and Kelly G,
Also: Susan S, Linda B, Charlie K, Anne C, Mark S, Angela G, Maria, Bob, and Olivia;
Please also remember: St. Luke’s School & Church in Martel (Haiti)
To add names and concerns for Wednesday's and 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 move to the longer term list upon request.
Wednesday's Order for Evening will offer readings, hymns and prayers to mark the commemoration of Bishop Joseph Butler, a 18th century theologian celebrated for his faithful and well-reasoned proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thelivestream of the service will start just before 7p.m. via www.facebook.com/cecguilford.
Thursday Bible Study continues June 17 at 9:30a.m. with the story of how the walls of Jericho came tumbling down, in the Book of Joshua. Join the conversation via this Zoom code. There are no prerequisites or homework!
Our revised worship schedule will continue all summer:
9a.m. Morning Prayer in the Garden
10a.m. Holy Eucharist, in-person and via livestream
In place of the Virtual Coffee Hour, we'll share "Lemonade in the Shade" following the 10a.m. service.
Thank you for your patience as we finesse the details of our re-gathered worship.
In the faith, hope and love of Christ,
Your Friendly Neighborhood Rector
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