Prayer List -- January 10, 2021

Members and friends are encouraged to remember the intentions on the prayer list in their own prayers throughout the week.

You are welcome to add your intercessions and thanksgiving., by contacting one of the clergy, or email Wendy Shepherd at wshepherd@holyapostlesnyc.org, or call the parish office (212) 807-6799 with your prayer requests. They will remain on the list for two weeks. Names may be added to the long-term list and will then remain there until the end of the current calendar quarter.

The prayer list is read at Morning Prayer on Wednesday and is also prayed daily by all the members of the parish Prayer Chain. If you would like to join the prayer chain, committing to praying the prayer list every day for a month at a time, please let Mother Susan know at shill@holyapostlesnyc.org.
Meditation from Deacon Bob
I have always found John the Baptist to be a fascinating person as he lived a simple life, clothed himself with what he found, and nourished himself with simple food, but most of all he didn’t mince words. In today’s vernacular, he told it like it is.

He may have been forthright in his ministry, but he was driven to prepare the way, because he knew who he was, a humble servant of God and he knew the one who was coming after him. He knew the blessings he would bring.

John’s life was all about preparation for the day he would meet the messiah. The time he would spend going through the land proclaiming the coming messiah, and the need for everyone to be prepared to greet him when he arrived.

Many listened to what he had to say and they prepared themselves as they went to him en masse to receive Baptism by water and as a result were ready to greet Christ. The act of Baptism was the first step back then, just as it is for countless people today.

It’s undeniable that our preparations in recent times have been different to what would normally be happening, whether it is because you’re working from home, been furloughed, unemployed, been told to isolate because you or one of your family or friends, may have been infected, or indeed are currently suffering with COVID.

As part of that the church as a whole is seeing a greater number of people looking toward it for prayer, guidance and for comfort in these days of uncertainty. Perhaps part of this is because for many it is instinct to turn to God in times of great trial. For others they are looking for assurance and stability when things are changing so rapidly. One day we can do this, then the next it’s all different.

People are apprehensive about whether they are going to hear the message saying, please isolate. For those countless people who have not been able to see loved ones in person for such a long time, this may be the tip of the iceberg. I am sure that many would have other doubts and fears that could be added to this.

We are slowly starting to see glimmers of hope with a number of vaccines showing positive signs and then being distributed. It is these glimmers of hope that are keeping many people going at this time, the hope of a better future, one without restrictions and regulations.

As Christians, we also have hope, hope in Christ, the one who came down to earth to show the world a better way. There can be no doubt that when this little child was born, the world changed irrevocably, and continues to do so even today.

We need time to look deep within ourselves and ask, have we done all that we can? Have we lived the life that our faith expects of us?

In a year when so much has been asked of so many, the sacrifices that have been made, the challenges that we have faced and risen to accomplish, the new technologies that we have fought with as we learned how to use them, and the new ways that we have found to work, and interact with each other, it is clear that we have changed and adapted.

As we enter the Epiphany season may I ask that you spend 5 or 10 minutes each day in prayer. Pray for the world, pray for each other, pray for someone you know who is struggling and pray for yourself, that you would know the peace and love of Christ in your own life. If you want to pray longer, then please do. Do what is sustainable for you.
-- Bob
Dear Holy Apostles Family,

If you would like to have individual healing prayer with Deacon Bob or one of the Lay Eucharistic Visitors, please leave a message on Deacon Bob’s church phone: 646-998-6107 or 212-807-6799 ext. 107. State who you are and the number where you may be reached, and a Healing Team member will contact you.

This form of prayer will be available for the duration of the time services are suspended. We are still worshiping as a community, just in a different way. Simply click here for information on Zoom worship services.
For the Church
We pray for all God’s people throughout the world; and in the Anglican Cycle of prayer this week we pray for The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, the Right Reverend Don Tamihere, Primate of Aotearoa; the Right Reverend Philip Richardson, Bishop of Taranaki and Senior Bishop of the New Zealand; and the Right Reverend Fereimi Cama, Bishop of Polynesia.

We pray for Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Andrew, Allen, and Mary, our own Bishops.

We pray for our parish clergy, Anna, Bob, Susan, and Peter; for our director of music, Tim; for our director of children’s ministries, Ellen; for our seminarian from GTS, Anne; for our Episcopal Service Corps intern, Troy; and for our parish administrator, Wendy.
For Our Nation and the World
We pray for Donald, our President; for Joseph, our President-Elect; for Andrew, our Governor; and for Bill, our Mayor; for Congress and local leaders; that they may lead with compassion and do justice.

We pray for healing, reconciliation, economic justice, and peace in our nation and all the nations of the world.

We pray that we may reflect the wonderful diversity of your creation among us; your loving compassion through the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, Ecclesia, and our outreach efforts, and your justice through being a community that strives for peace and social and economic justice.

We pray for all those affected by COVID-19, throughout the world, and their caregivers; healthcare workers; first-responders; essential workers; educators and school staff; and social service agencies, especially our own Holy Apostles staff.
For Health and Well Being
For the week of 1/10/2021
Joanne

For the week of 1/3/2021
Alex Klose

Long Term (1/1 through 3/31/21):
Tracey Carden
Father Peter Carey & David Natoli
Lynn Agapi Gilligan
Patricia Owen Schaffer
Franz Klein
Larry Gifford
Paul LoBello
Kristine and Brent Sundberg
Carl Johnson
Glenn Pennoyer
Barbara Engler
Ethan Gibson and Linda Gibson
Roseanne Kelleher Heinricks
Norma Moy-Chin
For Those Who Have Died
The departed:
Pauline Malichio (on the anniversary of her birth)
Natalie Hahn
and for all who have died of COVID-19 virus

We pray for all those killed serving in the armed forces; and for all others killed in conflicts around the world, both civilians and combatants, unknown to us but precious to God.

We pray for the bereaved, especially: the family and friends of Natalie Hahn.
In Thanksgiving
We pray for the New York City Community Chorus at the Church of the Holy Apostles, their members, patrons, and director, Jack Eppler.