Friday, July 10, 2020

Prayers for July 6 – 11

In the week following the Fourth of July, day by day, we will pray The Book of Common Prayer’s Prayers for National Life. Today’s prayer is 22 on pages 821 and 822. La oración sigue en español.

22. For Sound Government

O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we
may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to
other nations of the earth.
Lord, keep this nation under your care.

To the President and members of the Cabinet, to Governors
of States, Mayors of Cities, and to all in administrative
authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their
duties.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To Senators and Representatives, and those who make our
laws in States, Cities, and Towns, give courage, wisdom, and
foresight to provide for the needs of all our people, and to
fulfill our obligations in the community of nations.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To the Judges and officers of our Courts give understanding
and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and
justice served.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to
accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they
may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for
the well-being of our society; that we may serve you
faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name.
For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as
head above all. Amen.


Oraciones por la Vida Nacional - Oración 23 en la páginas 711-712 en El Libro de Oración Común.

22. Por un gobierno justo


Oh Señor Soberano nuestro, bendice a los líderes de este
país, a fin de que tengamos paz entre nosotros y seamos
una bendición para las demás naciones de la tierra.
Oh Señor, guarda esta nación en tu cuidado.

Otorga sabiduría y gracia a todas las autoridades
administrativas en el ejercicio de sus funciones.
Oh Señor, da gracia a tus siervos.

Otorga valor, sabiduría y visión a
todos los que elaboran nuestras leyes, a fin de que
provean a las necesidades del pueblo y hagan cumplir
nuestras obligaciones ante la comunidad de naciones.
Oh Señor, da gracia a tus siervos.


Otorga integridad y comprensión a los jueces y
funcionarios de los tribunales para que los derechos
humanos sean protegidos y la justicia cumplida.
Oh Señor, da gracia a tus siervos.

Finalmente, enseña a nuestro pueblo a confiar en tu
poder y aceptar sus responsabilidades hacia los demás
ciudadanos, para que elijan líderes fidedignos, y tomen
decisiones prudentes en beneficio de nuestra sociedad; a
fin de que te sirvamos fielmente en nuestra generación y
honremos tu santo Nombre.
Porque, tuyo, oh Señor, es el reino, y tú eres excelso
como cabeza sobre todos. Amén.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Sunday Zoom Morning Prayer: Rite Two

Sunday Zoom Morning Prayer: Rite Two
Sunday - 10:30 a.m.

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Return to Virtual Worship Begins this Sunday - July 12, 2020

Return to Virtual Worship Begins this Sunday - July 12, 2020 (abajo en español)

Dear Members of St. Alban’s, St. Luke’s, St. Patrick’s, St, Thomas’, and Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas,

We are writing you today from our vacation. We have posted Bishop Jake Owensby’s communication with the Diocese - Updated Policy and Procedure for Gathering During the Pandemic.

Mother Dawnell and I have carefully, and prayerfully considered the Bishop’s recommendations and have decided to return completely to Virtual Worship again beginning this Sunday, July 12, 2020 – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. Morning Prayer: Rite Two will begin at 10:30 a.m. – A Zoom Invitation will be posted on our Facebook and websites/blogs. We also plan to Livestream this on Facebook as well - sharable as a watch party.

Compline on Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom, and Evening Prayer on Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Bible Project Class via Zoom will continue as usual.

We will share more information when we return. Until then, please know of our prayers and concern for you all.

See you via Zoom on Sunday,

With our love,

Whit+ & Dawnell+

P.S. We have been extremely careful while on vacation, but must report that many people we have seen have not being practicing basic safety precautions.


El regreso a la adoración virtual comienza este domingo - 12 de julio de 2020

Estimados miembros de St. Alban’s, St. Luke’s, St. Patrick’s, St, Thomas ’e Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas,

Te escribimos hoy desde nuestras vacaciones. Hemos publicado la comunicación del Obispo Jake Owensby con la Diócesis: Política y procedimiento actualizados para reunirse durante la pandemia.

La Madre Dawnell y yo hemos considerado cuidadosamente y con oración las recomendaciones del Obispo y hemos decidido regresar completamente a la Adoración Virtual nuevamente a partir de este domingo 12 de julio de 2020, el sexto domingo después de Pentecostés. Oración de la mañana: Rito Dos comenzará a las 10:30 a.m. - Se publicará una invitación de Zoom en nuestro Facebook y sitios web / blogs. También planeamos transmitir esto en vivo en Facebook, compartible como una fiesta de observación.

Completa los domingos por la noche a las 8:00 p.m. a través de Zoom y la oración vespertina los miércoles a las 5:30 p.m. seguido de la clase de proyecto bíblico a través de Zoom continuará como siempre.

Compartiremos más información cuando regresemos. Hasta entonces, sepan nuestras oraciones y preocupación por todos ustedes.

Nos vemos a través de Zoom el domingo,

Con nuestro amor

Whit + y Dawnell +

PD Hemos sido extremadamente cuidadosos durante las vacaciones, pero debemos informar que muchas personas que hemos visto no han estado practicando precauciones básicas de seguridad.

Updated Policy and Procedure for Gathering During the Pandemic


Updated Policy and Procedure for Gathering During the Pandemic


An Important Message From Bishop Owensby:

Dear Friends,

I pray that you and yours are well. These are trying times, and I appreciate your calm, faithful leadership. As you know, the pandemic continues to change local circumstances, and prudence requires that we respond sensibly as needed.

In his briefing today Governor Edwards reported that, with respect to the spread of the virus in our state, we have lost all the gains we had made in May. Infection and hospital rates are climbing to new heights. Now this spread is no longer contained within hot spots like Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Instead, the entire state is experiencing an increase in infection and hospitalization numbers.

Accordingly, I am now reiterating and amplifying my current requirements in the following manner.

1. All previously published requirements for gatherings for worship or any other purpose as a congregation remain firmly in effect. This includes mandates regarding social distancing, the wearing of masks, the limits on attendance numbers, sanitation, and the like. Singing continues to be forbidden. For clergy these policies are a mandatory pastoral direction.

2. Given the increased incidence of infection, I strongly urge that all worship or other gatherings be outside or virtual. If your congregation is unable to provide virtual worship, please send members to my FB Morning Prayer (Sunday, 10:00 a.m. CDT or the saved video at a later time). I will continue to offer weekly worship as long as we are in pandemic conditions.

3. The safest form of worship during a time of increased contagion is Morning Prayer. Accordingly, I urge you to revert to Morning Prayer until we see significant improvement in the rate of infection.

Neither #2 nor #3 are requirements at this stage. However, I will continue to monitor the metrics and will issue revised policies as needed.

Remember, we take these measures to protect the most vulnerable among us and to flatten the curve of infection so as not to overwhelm our medical facilities while we develop, mass produce, and administer a vaccine. The vaccination process will take time.

You all remain in my prayers. And to my delight and surprise, we are seeing a significant rise in the numbers of those seeking worship and learning opportunities because of our new virtual ministries. The love of Jesus finds a way!

Stay safe. Be well. And remember that you are loved.

Peace,
+Jake

Prayers for July 6 – 11

In the week following the Fourth of July, day by day, we will pray The Book of Common Prayer’s Prayers for National Life. Today’s prayer is 21 on page 821. La oración sigue en español.

21. For Courts of Justice

Almighty God, who sittest in the throne judging right: We
humbly beseech thee to bless the courts of justice and the
magistrates in all this land; and give unto them the spirit of
wisdom and understanding, that they may discern the truth,
and impartially administer the law in the fear of thee alone;
through him who shall come to be our Judge, thy Son our
Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.


Oraciones por la Vida Nacional - Oración 21 en la página 711 en El Libro de Oración Común.

21. Por las cortes de justicia

Omnipotente Dios, que desde tu trono juzgas con
equidad: Humildemente te suplicamos que bendigas a las
cortes de justicia, y a los magistrados de esta tierra; y que
les des el espíritu de sabiduría y entendimiento, para que
disciernan la verdad y con imparcialidad administren la
ley en tu temor; por el que ha de venir a ser nuestro Juez,
tu Hijo nuestro Salvador Jesucristo. Amén.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Zoom Evening Prayer and Bible Project Class Tonight

Zoom Evening Prayer and Bible Project Class Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Led tonight by The Rev'd Lee Jefferson and Postulant for Holy Orders, Rita Jefferson

Meeting ID: 867 8157 7595 Password: 530 or dial in at +1 312 626 6799 or +1 346 248 7799

Prayers for July 6 – 11

In the week following the Fourth of July, day by day, we will pray The Book of Common Prayer’s Prayers for National Life. Today’s prayer is 20 on page 821. La oración sigue en español.

20. For Congress or a State Legislature

O God, the fountain of wisdom, whose will is good and
gracious, and whose law is truth: We beseech thee so to guide
and bless our Senators and Representatives in Congress
assembled, that they may enact such laws as shall please thee,
to the glory of thy Name and the welfare of this people;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Oraciones por la Vida Nacional - Oración 20 en la página 712 en El Libro de Oración Común.

20. Por el Congreso o Asamblea Legislativa

Oh Dios, fuente de sabiduría, cuya voluntad es buena y
bondadosa, y cuya ley es verdadera: Te suplicamos que
de tal modo guíes y bendigas a nuestros representantes
reunidos en Asamblea Legislativa, a fin de
que promulguen leyes que te sean agradables, para la
gloria de tu Nombre y el bienestar de este pueblo; por
Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.