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COMPLINE – Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
Each Wednesday at 7:30 PM, we will gather for a short service of prayer. You can access the service through the same link that we use for Sunday worship.
Compline, which comes from the same Latin root as the word “completion,” is a form of prayer that marks the end of the day where we hand the night over to God and ask for a restful sleep.
PRAYERS: FOR USE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
The Church of England has produced an excellent prayer resource for use during the pandemic. The booklet includes prayers about the outbreak, personal prayers, prayers with children, and a pattern of daily prayer.
| FROM THE DEACON’S DESK – Prayers and Reflections |
In last week’s reflection I discussed the way that COVID-19 continues to expose the structures of inequality in society. The most marginalized are experiencing the most devastating effects of society’s indifference to their needs. COVID-19 is bringing about a social revolution with demands for justice in every sector of our society. As a community of faith, we at the Church of the Epiphany & St. Mark, Parkdale can no longer ignore the marginalized among us. The way of love calls us to build a stronger relationship with God while building a stronger relationship with our most vulnerable. …’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22: 36 – 40)
The congregation was invited to consider concrete ways that ESM could participate in the social revolution.
This past Sunday as I listened to Erinn Oxford, Executive Director of the Dale Ministries, describe the ministry that the Dale is doing during the pandemic, I wondered if she was presenting us with a concrete way of assisting in her work of ministry among the marginalized. How could we be a good neighbour in the present-day reality of social distancing? Should we be silent partners in this ministry and allow the Dale to continue to use the special gifts they bring into the ministry? What would be the role of a silent partner? We could certainly support them through our prayers. How could we provide support to allow the ministry to have portable resources to give when demand exceeds supply? You too may have many questions. What do you feel called to do that a) will provide support and b) is within your means? Please pray about it and share your ideas
Help me to spread Your fragrance wherever I go.
Flood my soul with Your Spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
that my life may only be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me and be so in me
that every soul I come in contact with
may feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up, and see no longer me, but only Jesus!
Stay with me and then I will begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine.
It will be You, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise You in the way which You love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching, not by words but by my example,
by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.
—Inspired by John Henry Cardinal Newman’s own prayer, prayed by Mother Teresa daily after holy communion.
Heavenly Father, in this time of prayer, we reach out in the assurance that you will embrace your children and lead us home. Thank you for your grace, without it we are lost. Teach us to be your hands and feet. Send us where we are needed and help us to look upon others with eyes unclouded by hate.
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