Prayer List -- June 26, 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 , 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 eveIry day for a month at a time, please let Mother Susan know at .
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 .
Meditation from Deacon Bob
Not so long ago I read a story about a little boy whose mother was sick lying on the floor in the house. The boy runs outside for help, but no one would stop. He saw a car coming down the street, tried to flag him down but the car kept going. As the driver continued to roll down the street, he heard a loud crash. It was brick the little boy had throw through the back window of the car. The driver jumps out and goes after the boy telling him he is going to jail. The boy says, I’m sorry mister, I didn’t know what else to do. Our phone was cut off and I’ve been trying for ten minutes to get someone to stop. My mother is sick lying on the floor; she needs a doctor please help her and then you can send me to jail. The driver says I’m a doctor, take me to her.

The doctor administers CPR and calls for an ambulance. The boy asks will she live? The doctor says yes she will. The boy responds then it’s worth going to jail. The doctor says you are not going not going to jail. “It was my fault you had to throw a brick to get my attention.”

What Jesus is telling us to do in Sunday’s gospel from Matthew is similar to the famous Golden Rule – “Do unto others.” A cup of cold water is a gift that everyone can give because it is the smallest of gifts. Even this, the smallest of gifts, is precious to the person receiving it, because it sometimes is the gift of life.

We are to do this for everyone, whether family member, friend or stranger. It can mean providing material support such as food, clothing or shelter. Those who do God’s work can be assured that those who help them will be rewarded. Doing God’s work includes healing. They often leave personal comforts such as family time to care for the needs of others, just like in recent times those in Health Care have done. They show the love Jesus showed us when he lived among us. When we serve others, we serve Jesus, just like Jesus and his disciples served others.

We are to show compassion for others by caring for the sick, comforting those who mourn, etc. This is contrary to our “me-first,” selfish culture that we see exhibited today. It will loosen our hold on our possessions, lives, and so on. These small beginnings are the seed of a different kind of happiness, the happiness of a Christian life.

To offer hospitality, care and compassion, we simply have to bring who we are, what we have, where we are. It requires attention to the person receiving the hospitality. We have to receive the person first before they can receive the benefit of the gift we offer.

To Jesus, hospitality meant acceptance, even those who, in his society and in this day, were deemed to be unacceptable. This is why he put his arms around lepers, ate with tax collectors, forgave sinners, broke Sabbath laws. Hospitality was not only important to Jesus, it was at the very heart of being God, and it didn’t make any difference to him where such hospitality took place, or to whom, or on what day.

When it comes to hospitality, we take turns being the host and being the guest. Sometimes we are the ones who simply need the hug or cup of water and kindness comes. Other times, we are the ones providing the hug or cup of water.

We have the power to bring others into a relationship with God. The power to show others God’s love by showing them our love, the power to bring face to face with God by bringing them face to face with us.
-- Bob
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 United Church of North India, the Most Reverend Dr. Prem Chand Singh, Moderator of Church of North India & Bishop of Jabalpur.

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; 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, and social service agencies, especially our own Holy Apostles staff.
For Health and Well Being
For the week of 6/28/2020 :
Larry Gifford
Grace Murray
Donald Emery
Jeanette Revels

For the week of 6/21/2020:
David Natoli & Father Peter Carey
Ray Copsey

Long Term (4/1/20 through 06/30/20):
John Buscarello
Maura Campbell
Dr. Bruce Kramer
Dr. Jim Bonar
Dr. Raquel Forsythe & her husband, Ben Reynolds
the Brandywine Living Seaside Point Assisted Living Facility
Paul LoBello
Lisa & Bill Mildeberger
Nathan Linman
Carl Johnson
Katherine Pennoyer
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:
Kay Klosz (cousin of Charlie Kramer)
Evan Pearson
Ralph Goldberg
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: Charlie Kramer, and the family & friends of Kay Klosz; the family & friends of Evan Pearson; Joan O’Kray and the family & friends of Ralph Goldberg.
In Thanksgiving
We pray for the members of the Building Committee at Holy Apostles.