Pray. Serve. Show/Tell.

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One of my practices this Lent has been to hunt down the examples of women within the Bible who are actively praying, serving, and sharing the good news with others around them. These actions are the work of the Daughters, and worthy of contemplation and emulation. For the first portion of my study, I decided to begin with “Pray.” The word “pray” comes up hundreds of times within the Bible. The first time that it appears in the context of a woman performing the action, however, is in the book of 1 Samuel, when Hannah goes to the temple, heartbroken and ridiculed, to pray for a son. In her grief, she was mistaken for being drunk by Eli the priest, and when he rebuked her for her actions, Hannah replied,

Not so, my lord…I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer, I was pouring out my soul to the Lord.

What a beautiful wording of sentiment: “I was pouring out my soul to the Lord.” In times of great grief and sorrow, we pour out our souls to the Lord.

I was Pouring

A Collect for Hannah’s Visit to the Temple

Lord of mercy, you listened to Hannah as she poured out her soul to you, and then blessed her with a son. Bless those who feel empty and whose prayers seem impossible, for you will fill them with the possible. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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An Invitation to Join

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dokbannerkeThree years ago, four women at St. Mary’s decided to begin a Lenten journey of Christian formation. Today, we invite other ladies at St. Mary’s to join us as we continue to walk that path. On Sunday, February 14, we extend our hands to welcome you into our sisterhood. Daughters take vows of prayer, service, and evangelism. Truly, these are the vows that we take at our baptism, and things we are meant to be doing as Christians. As an Order, though, Daughters provide additional support to one another. We encourage one another to keep these vows. We help one another to develop a Rule of Life and a Rule of Prayer. The 12-week study period that places a woman on the pathway to becoming a Daughter will help you to further develop these aspects of your Christian journey.

Are you interested in developing these spiritual disciplines in your life? Join us at 10:00am on Sundays during Lent for a spiritual blessing!

-The Kyrie Eleison Chapter of The Order of the Daughters of the King

Prayer Blanket Meeting Rescheduled!

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Prayer Blankets that were made for St. Agnes’ House.

Well, the winter storm has postponed our prayer blanket plans. Never fear, though, as we will be moving the meeting to this upcoming Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 7:00pm EST. Hopefully by then the snow will have melted and we can enjoy the company of one another! Hot chocolate and snacks will be provided for this one-hour blanket making session, as will be felt for the blankets that will be given to those in need in our community. All are welcome to attend!

We’re Hosting a Book Club Event!

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Join the Daughters of the King for an evening of conversation and refreshments as we discuss:

CallMidwife

 “Jennifer Worth gained her midwife training in the 1950s among an Anglican order of nuns dedicated to ensuring safer childbirth for the poor living amid the Docklands slums on the East End of London. Her engaging memoir retraces those early years caring for the indigent and unfortunate during the pinched postwar era in London, when health care was nearly nonexistent, antibiotics brand-new, sanitary facilities rare, contraception unreliable and families with 13 or more children the norm. Working alongside the trained nurses and midwives of St. Raymund Nonnatus (a pseudonym she’s given the place), Worth made frequent visits to the tenements that housed the dock workers and their families, often in the dead of night on her bicycle.” (Back jacket description)

All ladies are welcome – refreshments provided!

A copy of the book is available in the undercroft of St. Mary’s.

September 16, 2015, at 7:00pm EST

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Prayers of the People for the Last Sunday in January

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St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky

Heavenly Father, we are joined with one another in this common life. With our prayers today focused on the unity of your holy Church, we pray for one another, saying “Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.”

For those who are committed to the daily struggle of seeing past one another’s differences, for those who see in each individual person the face of Christ, we ask your blessing. Grant them courage in the face of derision, perseverance in the face of hopelessness, and the strength to inspire your people daily.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.

We pray for your Church here on earth be inspired to proclaim the gospel of your love in the death and resurrection of your Son. May all people hear the call to trust you.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.

Help your people to display your compassion to all those in need.  May the poor and the lost of this world find in you their true wealth and sure identity. Enable us to see one another as brothers and sister in Christ, so that we may love one another as we love ourselves.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.
We praise you for your creation, and all you richly provide.  Enable us to live in such a way that your majesty and mercy are seen by all.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.

We pray for those in this community of Middlesboro, and in the surrounding communities of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. May we join together to see our communities grow, our children thrive, our toil mutually benefit one another, and our prayers lift one another up.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.
We pray for our world’s leaders, at the global, national, and local levels, that they may uphold peace and see justice prevail. Grant them wisdom in their decisions, and lead them to promote the dignity and freedom of every person.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.

We pray for Katherine, our presiding Bishop, Bishop Doug, and all Bishops, for our priest, Peter, and all priests, and who serve in Christ’s name. Grant them guidance, wisdom, and perseverance.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are troubled in body, mind, or spirit. Grant them healing, strength, and peace. Give comfort to the suffering, to those in conflict, and to those hurting.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.

We pray for you to shine light perpetual on the faithfully departed. We commemorate he lives well spent and good works fin service to others, even as we miss those who have gone before us.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.

Rejoicing with those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored, but especially with the ever blessed Virgin Mary, let us hope for peace, for compassion, for love, for mercy, and for unity, and let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our lives to God.

To thee, O Lord, our God.

Today’s #Advent Word: #Thrive

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The Society of St. John the Evangelist is putting together a Global Advent Calendar! The Daughters of the Kyrie Eleison chapter at St. Mary’s is taking part. Today, we’re sharing and praying over the word “Thrive.” This little fellow was caught on camera at the Washington, D.C. National Cathedral this July. He certainly thrived off of the good will of the visitors who gave him their scraps! If you would like to learn more about the SSJE or take part in the Global Advent Calendar, please visit the SSJE website.

Today's #AdventWord: #Thrive

Today’s #AdventWord: #Thrive

Tuesday’s #AdventWord: #Imagine

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The Society of St. John the Evangelist is putting together a Global Advent Calendar! The Daughters of the Kyrie Eleison chapter at St. Mary’s is taking part. Today, we’re sharing and praying over the word “Imagine.” Little ones enjoy the nativity, and imagine what the original Christmas night was like so long ago. If you would like to learn more about the SSJE or take part in the Global Advent Calendar, please visit the SSJE website.

#AdventWord of the Day: #Imagine

#AdventWord of the Day: #Imagine

Today’s #AdventWord: #Remember

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The Society of St. John the Evangelist is putting together a Global Advent Calendar! The Daughters of the Kyrie Eleison chapter at St. Mary’s is taking part. Today, we’re sharing and praying over the word “Remember.” We remember the Wise Men who journeyed to see the Christ child so long ago, and the joy that lights brought during the long December nights of years past. If you would like to learn more about the SSJE or take part in the Global Advent Calendar, please visit the SSJE website.

Today's #AdventWord: #Remember

Today’s #AdventWord: #Remember

Prayers of the People for the First Sunday of Advent 1, November 30, 2014 and #AdventWord: Look

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#AdventWord for November 30: Look

#AdventWord for November 30: #Look

Heavenly Father, as once again we prepare for Christmas, help us to find time in our busy lives for quiet thought and prayer; that we may remember the wonder of your love and allow the story of the Saviour’s birth to enter our hearts and minds. With the hope that our joy be deeper, our worship more real, and our lives more worthy of all you have done for us through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray for God’s Church saying, “Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.”

Grant that all who come into our church this Christmas time may be enabled to renew their relationship with you. Help us all to be glad of your presence, and to rejoice at the coming of Jesus. May your blessing be upon all who worship with us, give us grace to live as faithful members of your family, that we may learn each day anew to love and serve you.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer

We pray for peace Heavenly Father. Give peace to the world, give peace to the victims of war, the refugees, the widowed and the orphans, give peace to family and friends. We know that without justice there can be no peace. Let peace come when all people are respected, regardless of race, religion or any other injustice against human beings. Let peace come through the transformation of our lives that we may do justice, love and kindness and walk humbly with our God. Your Son came as the Prince of Peace and brought a message of Peace for all people. Help us be peacemakers in our own homes, at our work or wherever we meet people so that the peace and goodwill of Christmas can find a place in the hearts of all people.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.

 

We pray for people who are lonely, those who are lonely because they have lost a partner, those who are lonely because no one seems to care, those who are lonely because of handicap or illness. Let your presence be with those who are alone this season.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.

We pray for friends and family who are ill at this time, and remember them in the quietness of our hearts. We bring them to you in the confidence that you love them. Bless all that is being done for their recovery and answer our prayers as you see best.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.

We pray for our world’s leaders, at the global, national, and local levels, that they may uphold peace and see justice prevail. Grant them wisdom in their decisions, and lead them to promote the dignity and freedom of every person.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.

We ask your prayers for Katherine, our presiding Bishop, for Doug our Bishop, for Fr. Peter, our priest, and all those who minister to the needs of your people. Empower them to be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.

We pray for the faithful departed that they rest eternal and may your light perpetual shine upon them.

Kyrie Eleison, hear our prayer.

Rejoicing with those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored, but especially with the ever blessed Virgin Mary who so trustfully waited on the arrival of the Christ child so long ago, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our lives to God.

To thee Oh Lord our God.

Prayers of the People for Sunday, August 17, 2014, Feast of St. Mary the Virgin

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Father, you entrusted your most precious son, Jesus Christ, to the care of an earthly mother, Mary. Remembering her example of willingness, humbleness of heart, and loving kindness, we pray for God’s Church and children throughout the world, saying “Kyrie Eleison.”

We ask your prayers for the children of St. Mary’s, of our tri-state community, the nation, and the world. May our children have opportunities to learn, play, and grow. May they have safe homes and stable, loving families. May they be filled with hopefulness for bright and joyful futures.

Kyrie Eleison

We ask your prayers for those who dedicate their lives to the care, health, education, and upbringing of children: teachers, nurses, doctors, counselors, social workers, caregivers, and, most of all, those who serve as parents. Bless them with patience, wisdom, strength, and steadfast love, that they may provide safety, support, and love to our most precious gifts.

Kyrie Eleison

We ask your prayers for the community of St. Mary’s. Bless the efforts of St. Mary’s children’s ministry, that it will flourish and grow, and that it will provide a firm foundation for our littlest saints. Bless the efforts to increase youth and adult literacy. Bless the Christmas Box Project and Repair Affair. Bless the healing ministry and the Daughters of the King. Bless those who share the gift of music during worship. Bless those who serve on the Altar Guild, the Vestry, and those who tend to our grounds.

Kyrie Eleison

We ask your prayers for the Earth we inhabit today, and the one that our children will inherit tomorrow. Grant us the wisdom to balance the progress of food and fiber production with the conservation of the environment, for the wisdom to balance local economies with sustainability, and for the wisdom to consider both the Earth’s growing population and our finite resources.

Kyrie Eleison

We ask your prayers for peace on Earth, wherever harsh words are said, wherever guns are not silenced. We ask particularly for the blessing of peace upon Iraq, and upon the work of the Reverend Canon Andrew White, vicar of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad. For him and for all who are drawn into conflicts either by misfortune or by the desire to help, protect them, provide for them, and bless them with perseverance.

Kyrie Eleison

We ask your prayers for our world’s leaders, at the global, national, and local levels, for those who shape our world now, and for those who our children will one day become. Grant them wisdom in their decisions, and lead them to promote the dignity and freedom of every person.

Kyrie Eleison

We ask your prayers for Katherine, our presiding Bishop, for Doug our Bishop, for Fr. Peter, our priest, and all those who minister to the needs of your people. Empower them to be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

Kyrie Eleison

We ask your prayers for those who all those who are sick or suffering. Heal and mend those who are broken, and give your power of healing to those who minister to those in need. Strengthen them in their weakness and bless them with confidence in your loving care.

Kyrie Eleison

We ask your prayers for those who suffer with mental illness, that they have the courage to ask for help, and to know that they are loved and worthy of that love. Grant their families understanding and patience. May all be enveloped in compassionate love.

Kyrie Eleison

We ask your prayers for the repose of the faithfully departed. May they have rest in your eternal kingdom, and joy in your eternal presence.

Kyrie Eleison

Rejoicing with those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored, but especially with the ever blessed Virgin Mary and those who over the past 125 years have called St. Mary’s home, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our lives to God.

To thee Oh Lord our God.

(Prayers composed by the Kyrie Eleison chapter of the Order of Daughters of the King)