3/30 Our refuge

O Jesus, to your servants give the consolation they require; and when the cloud of trouble falls, with heavenly hope their souls inspire.  Be ever near us, Christ, to bless and help us in your faithfulness.

3/29 The Fifth Sunday in Lent

for now as we forgo the outward and visible signs of the holy eucharist,  holy communion; the inward and spiritual grace and all the benefits of Holy Communion are always present and received when we desire to receive the sacrament.  BCP  457.
ps. 131 Out of the depths we call to you Lord – Lord, hear our voice
Faith is strong medicine: Lord increase our faith, increase our desire
Holy Spirit, strengthen our confidence and faith in our Heavenly Father’s love and care for us, our families, and our neighbors.  Amen.

Pray Strong – Stay Strong

 

 

Daily Prayer During Difficult Times

God of love and mercy assist me in this time of trouble and anxiety.  Ease my burdens.  Strengthen my faith.  Increase my trust and confidence in Your
compassionate care.  Give me the courage  I need, dear Lord, to face the difficulties
before me, knowing that with Your help, miracles happen and lives are restored.

I pray for a share in Your healing graces and ask that You surround me with Your comforting goodness, for health in mind and body, and for a heart filled with hope and peace. Amen

3/25 Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord

Our worship services, parish meetings and activities are postponed until further notice due to the coronovirus situation.  Updates will follow as more information becomes available.

And Mary said, “Let it be unto me according to your Word”Our turn now.

Ps.85 9-10 I will hear what the Lord God has to say, a voice that speaks of peace, peace for his people and his friends and those who turn to him in their hearts.  His help is near for those who fear him and his glory will dwell in our land.Thy kingdom come…’

Join in the Lord’s Prayer at Noon

 

 

3/22 The 4th Sunday in Lent

Our worship services, parish meetings and activities are postponed until further notice due to the coronovirus situation.  Updates will follow as more information becomes available.  
Who sinned?
John 9.1-41

Maybe its a question we’re all asking.  Maybe we’re all blind too.  Maybe it’s bigger than “us” or “them”…

Jesus gives the answer:  nobody but everybody sinned- It is so the works of God might be visible through us.

Father in heaven, the light of your truth bestows sight to the darkness of sinful eyes. May this season of repentance bring us the blessing of your forgiveness and the gift of your light. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

3/19 Feast of St. Joseph

 

Our worship services, parish meetings and activities are postponed until further notice due to the coronovirus situation.  Updates will follow as more information becomes available. 

Feast of St. Joseph:  Plenty Faith
Psalm 75

We thank you, God, we give thanks; we call upon your name, we declare your wonderful deeds. “I will choose the time; I will judge fairly.  Though the earth and all its inhabitants quake, I make steady its pillars.” Selah So I say to the boastful: “Do not boast!” to the wicked: “Do not raise your horns! Do not raise your horns against heaven!  Do not speak with a stiff neck!” For judgment comes not from east or from west, not from the wilderness or the mountains, But from God who decides, who brings some low and raises others high. Yes, a cup is in the LORD’s hand, foaming wine, fully spiced. When God pours it out, they will drain it even to the dregs; all the wicked of the earth will drink. But I will rejoice forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob, “I will cut off all the horns of the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be exalted.”

Joseph was a lot of things but at the heart, a simple man with a lot of faith and patience.  It wasn’t easy wondering and not quite knowing what was going on.  But he had faith, and knew his lack of understanding would be answered by God.  So he took Mary to Bethlehem, which had no room for them – but named the child Jesus anyway.  It wasn’t easy wondering and not quite knowing what was going on.  But he had faith, and knew his lack of understanding would be answered by God. Then they had to flee to Egypt – running for their lives on stubborn donkeys.  It wasn’t easy wondering and not quite knowing what was going on.  But he had faith, and knew his lack of understanding would be answered by God.  Joseph pray for us today as we pray for one another – it’s not easy wondering and not quite knowing what’s going on.  Let plenty faith overcome all fear and lead us closer to God.

 

Parish Notices

Our worship services, parish meetings and activities are postponed until further notice due to the coronovirus situation.  Updates will follow as more information becomes available. 

LIFTING IT UP

Psalm 121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.  3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.  4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.  6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.  8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

In the Book of Numbers 21, the flock in the desert found themselves in a plague of biting snakes.  They were free from Egypt but were tired of Moses, tired of the manna God provided, tired of seemingly wandering in the desert.  And now – biting snakes!  Moses just kept doing what God told him and made a bronze snake, put it on a stick and raised up in the air so bitten people could see it and be healed.  Looking up the people saw beyond the terrifying bronze snake to realize God above it all, in the cloud that shielded them by day, was there protecting and leading them.  During Lent as we turn again to God let us lift up all our worry and consternation about the coronavirus situation and pray for a new perspective to know again that He is LORD of all.

And Happy St. Patrick’s Day – he also knew how to handle snakes

Pray always……..

 

 

3/1 The First Sunday in Lent

Turning to God, Turning to Harlem

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, all your mind, and with all your strength.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like unto it:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments  all the Law and the Prophets are founded.”