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.

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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)

St. Agnes’ House Day is this Sunday!

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St. Agnes' House in Lexington, KY

St. Agnes’ House in Lexington, KY

Even though it is raining today, the last few days have been beautiful and have held the promise of warmer days! Unfortunately, I have been a bit ill during this time (which explains the lack of posts), but now that I am well on the way to recovery, it’s back to social media outreach!

The most exciting upcoming activity that the Daughters at St. Mary’s have planned recently is coming up this Sunday, May 18th. Together with Fr. Peter, we are organizing St. Agnes’ Day at the church. St. Agnes’ House is a hospitality ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington which provides “a home away from home” for those with loved ones undergoing treatment in Lexington. As a part of the day, the Daughters are organizing a special coffee hour/lunch so that as many people as possible can participate in making blankets for the visitors at St. Agnes’ House. These blankets are our gifts to them, and they can take the blankets home with them even after they leave Lexington. We thank all of the members of St. Mary’s who have already so generously donated the fleece that we will be using to make these blankets, and we can’t wait to work with you to turn this fleece into a loving, finished product!

You may be wondering how you can help make the blankets. Surely it involves sewing, and maybe you have not touched a needle in years (or ever!). Never fear – these are no-sew blankets, and if you cut with scissors and tie a knot, you can help make these comfy, cute blankets. There are many pdfs online that can show you how to accomplish this, but we will be stationing a Daughter at each blanket table to get you started in addition to providing you with instructions.

Prior to taking the blankets to Lexington at the end of this month, the Daughters will be taking the blankets up to the altar to be prayed over prior to the gifting. Indeed, prior to the workers setting their hands to the task, we will be saying this prayer for St. Agnes’ House together:

O God of all life, whose presence is always with us; Receive our gratitude for Saint Agnes’ House, a place for sanctuary, and shelter, a home away from home, for people who come during difficult and uncertain times in their lives.  Nourish and sustain this ministry and give your gifts of wisdom, courage and hope to all who serve with their time, talent, treasure and prayer.  May all who enter the doors of Saint Agnes’ House be blessed by the gift of hospitality and by your peace.

In your Holy Name we pray.

Amen!

We look forward to working and praying with you this Sunday!

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

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photo-4Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Easter blessings to you on this wonderful spring day! We’ve reached the end of our Lenten journey, and the tomb is empty. I’m taking a few moments in-between services, prayer, egg hunts, and chocolate overload to share in the happiness of the day with all of our online readers. Easter doesn’t end at sunset this evening – we have a 50 day celebration ahead of us. For now, let’s direct our energy to “Lift High the Cross.” I was so happy to sing this hymn in church today as it not only has a wonderful message, but as it is the official hymn of the Order of the Daughters of the King, too. I leave you with it this afternoon. Thanks be to God for this day, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Holy Monday: Walking in the Way of the Cross

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Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Photo taken on St. Mary’s grounds by Fr. Peter Helman

-Collect for Monday in Holy Week, BCP pg. 220

 

Holy Week’s journey continues this Monday, and in the day’s collect, we are reminded that, as Christians, we are “walking in the way of the cross.” We’ve been “Praying and Walking the Light” as Daughters, so the collect automatically connected with this practice in my mind. However, as a part of my own Lenten practices these past months, I’ve consciously been making a greater effort to be a peacemaker in my daily life. Where I could give argument without positive results (in other words, rushing in with tongue blazing, or with the barbed point of quick wit), I have tried to untangle myself from a rush to indignation and, most importantly, from blurted-out, hasty words. In several cases this Lent, it has meant either stilling my tongue or refusing to move my fingers across the keyboard. Spending time in reflection about those moments has helped. I still wrestle with my feelings about these moments, but slowly, surely, I’ve seen the anger and anxiety that I have felt after moments of strong disagreement slipping away. In some cases, these moments of reflection and yes, prayer, have provided me not only with the words that I needed to stand firm, but the words I needed to build constructive conversations. I’m still working on my ability to build bridges (despite being born into a family of carpenters and brick masons, my construction skills in both the physical and mental landscapes need some extra help!), but for now, I’m learning how to better live in peace with my brothers and sisters. Hopefully, in this practice, I will be better prepared to share the way of life with others. It’s a Lenten journey that won’t end this Sunday, but isn’t that the point of our Lenten practices?

-Natalie

Holy Week Has Arrived

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photo-3Holy Week is here! All are invited to St. Mary’s this week, and if you missed the calendar in today’s bulletin, here it is:

Monday in Holy Week | April 14

Evening Prayer, Rite II – with Spoken Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Prayer A) 6:30pm

Tuesday in Holy Week | April 15

Chrism Mass w. Clergy Renewal of Vows, Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington 11:00am

Wednesday in Holy Week | April 16

Evening Prayer, Rite II – w. Spoken Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Prayer A) 6:00pm

Paschal Triduum – Maundy Thursday | April 17

Choral Holy Eucharist, Rite II – w. Penitential Order & Decalogue and the Stripping of the Altar 8:00pm

Good Friday | April 18

The Way of the Cross with Fourteen Stations 12:00pm

Paschal Triduum – Good Friday | April 18

Liturgy for Good Friday – w. the Solemn Reading of the Passion Gospel and the Veneration of the Cross 6:00pm

Paschal Triduum – Holy Saturday | April 19

Liturgy of Holy Saturday 12:00pm

Paschal Triduum – Easter Day | April 20

Spoken Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Prayer D) – w. the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and the Rite of Sprinkling w. Holy Water 9:00am

Choral Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Prayer D) – w. the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and the Rite of Sprinkling w. Holy Water 11:00am