Prayer List -- October 16, 2020

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
People by nature, are inquisitive. There are many unanswered dilemmas that we want to know the outcome. We want answers. We want them now! But we want them to meet our expectations. Look at how we view the upcoming election. We may ask the question, “Who will be the next president?” Many of us may already have a pre-determined way that we feel that questions should be answered. We want our own candidate elected and may be disappointed if the answer doesn’t match our expectations. We want answers, but we don’t want answers contrary to our views. We want answers that match our preconceived notions.

Difficult questions often have difficult answers. In Sunday’s gospel we will read, Jesus was challenged with an interesting dilemma. The Pharisees and the Herodians tried to catch Jesus in a word of treason against either the Roman Empire or the Jewish people.

They hoped that He would take one of two sides therefore placing Himself on the bad side of someone. On the one hand, He could speak out against the paying of taxes which would amount to an act of treason against Rome and likely result in His execution.

Often, we have our own difficult questions. We look to God for answers and sometimes we don’t hear what we’re expecting. Sometimes, we’re not ready for the answer. Other times, we might receive the answer, but we don’t like the result. The most destructive questions are those that really don’t have an answer.

Sometimes people want to argue or test God instead of diving toward the truth. That’s what we see in the Gospel for Sunday.

Similarly like the Pharisees and the Herodians, we often pose questions to God that we feel can’t have a right answer either. Why did bad things happen? Why am I in this bad situation today? Why me Lord? We’ve probably all wondered something similar at sometime or another.

Sometimes these are legitimate questions. Sometimes, we already know the answer to our question and God can’t answer in a way that will ever satisfy us. That’s an attitude problem that we need to deal with. It’s not an issue of the answer, but the nature of the question. If we really want to have the answer, we’ll be content with the result, even if it’s contrary to our preconceived notions. It’s about improving our attitude first, and our situation second. Just because we feel a question should be answered a certain way, doesn’t make another answer wrong.

Attitude can be changed simply by humbly coming to God, ready to receive what He offers, even if it’s not the answer we expected.

Reading scripture is only one way we can change our attitude. We can improve from the inside out through prayer, worship, confession, communion and even singing. In this way, we’re slowly, turning another piece of our time and ourselves over to Him. The works we perform on the outside have an effect on the inside as well. It may happen slowly, so slowly that we don’t even notice it.

In God’s eyes, we are the inquisitive children. Sometimes the questions are simple. Sometimes they’re complex. Sometimes we like the answers, and sometimes we avoid what we don’t want to hear. Sometimes we’re ready to hear the truth and move on with the knowledge. Other times we’re like children, unable to understand or bear the reality that exists.

It’s probably one of the hardest things we can do. Once in a while, we may need to drop how we think situations should be resolved, and let God figure it out for us. Ultimately, our attitude towards our relationship with God determines how we ask questions. Just like our relationships with family and friends are dictated by our relationships with them, the same is true with God.

Be patient, the answers come in His time with His wisdom.
-- 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 Episcopal Church of the United States, the Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop.

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 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 10/18/2020:


For the week of 10/11/2020:
Father Peter Carey & David Natoli
Cathy Malichio

Long Term (10/1/20 through 12/31/20):
Sam Metcalfe
A. J. Mitchell
Peter Majewski
Sean Campbell
Lynn Agapi Gilligan
Patricia Owen Schaffer
Tallu Schuyler Quinn
Franz Klein
Tracy Carden
Larry Gifford
Paul LoBello
Carl Johnson
Glenn Pennoyer
Kristine and Brent Sundberg
Mary Cole
Barbara Engler
Ethan Gibson and Linda Gibson
Roseanne Kelleher Heinricks
Norma Moy-Chin
For Those Who Have Died
The departed:
Robert Campbell (ex-husband of Shirley Swardenski)
and for all who have died of COVID-19 virus

We pray for all those killed serving in the armed forces, 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 & friends of Robert Campbell.
In Thanksgiving
We pray for all who tend our garden and the members of Plant Parenthood at Holy Apostles and for the recovery of Michael O'Neill.