Prayer List -- November 13, 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
For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two talents and to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.

When he returned he called his servants to give an accounting. To the one he gave five talents he doubled the amount given him. The same is true for the one he gave two talents in that he doubled what he was given. The third servant being afraid did not double what he had been given and the master was not pleased.

This is a very interesting passage. Jesus is speaking here and he is teaching the disciples some very hard lessons in order to prepare them for their ministries after he is gone.

He challenged their depth of understanding and was there to teach about a new way to live and love.

Have you ever been in a job situation where your boss seemingly is testing you? Maybe it is to thin the staff, but maybe, it’s to see what you do with responsibility when placed in a leadership role. You never quite know.

In the story of the talents, the master represents Jesus, the servants represent his believers, and the talents symbolize the various gifts that God places into our stewardship.

The talents could represent a great multitude of things:
  • The ability to lead
  • The ability to teach
  • The ability to sing or play an instrument
  • The ability to manage finances in a household or business
  • The ability to create things for the greater good of humanity.

These are but a few of the many things that God may or may not have blessed us with. The important thing here in relationship to the passage is that if we are given gifts by God, it is His expectation that we actually use them!

Our relationship to God and the world is one of stewardship. We are to use everything entrusted to us in such a way that it benefit’s God’s Kingdom. Today we have far more material and technological means than any other previous generation, but we often use these tools selfishly. If we use the things entrusted to us for God and His purposes, we will be blessed here and in heaven. We must be active in this stewardship and not be afraid to ask God for help.

We have to stop fearing the unknown and boldly profess our faith in our God and in his son Jesus Christ to this world in which we live.

God wants success for his children, but it is not solely dependent on his Grace. We have responsibilities in our relationship to God.
We are to honor His word regularly.

We must Love each other when it is the absolute hardest thing to do.

Turn away from our sins.

We are to pray regularly.

We must be an example to a lost world, without being hypocrites.

We are to love as Christ Loved. He gave us the script that we need to follow.

We are to live our lives so that they are pleasing to God and not let fear direct our stewardship towards the talents God has given us.
-- 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 Church of Ceylon (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury), the Right Reverend Dhiloraj Ranjit Canagasabey, Bishop of Colombo, and the Right Reverend Keerthisiri Fernando, Bishop of Kurunegala.

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 11/15/2020:
Sara and Maynard Johnson

For the week of 11/8/2020:
Father Peter Carey & David Natoli

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:
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.
In Thanksgiving
We pray for the members of the Social and Economic Justice Committee at Holy Apostles.