Thursday, June 27, 2019

Intercessions and Thanksgivings

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life including, including those who are graduating or have just graduated, those celebrating birthdays this week especially Victoria Sirota, for this neighborhood of Getty Square, for all who live and work here, for all who come here for goods and services, for those who are homeless and hungry, for The Sharing Community, Salvation Army, YWCA and the YMCA, the Yonkers Police and Fire Departments, and all who work to help others. We pray for healing for those who struggle with addictions, and physical and mental handicaps. May we be blessed with compassion and love, and may this Congregation be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.

We hold in our prayers: Giselda Nascimento, Edith Williams, The Reverend Canon Nora Smith, Cathy Venturini, Aida Carino, Judith Shorrocks, Mary Jane Nolan, Catherine Corry, Eileen Quinn, Laura Quinn Murphy, Nancy Headley, Velma Crichton, Tara Bowers, Carmen Hanchard, Linda Brown, Carla Jean DeBride, Felix Benzan, Tom O’Connor, Ruby Dixon, Joan Smith, Carol Shoemaker, Neil Parkey, Tom Cacavio, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Fatima Mishk, Monica Harmon, Ralph Tremonte, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for Anthony Johnson as he continues his journey as a Postulant for diaconal ordination, for the Scavenging Workers’ Children in India, for those impacted by the recent fire on Warburton Ave. in Yonkers, those impacted by natural disasters throughout the world, for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries especially Israel and Palestine, and for our President, Congress and our country, for our first responders and military, and for all refugees and immigrants, especially the children.

We pray for those who have died including especially Stephen Kubasek, Jr., Barbara Tickler, Helen Hutchinson, Cromwell Emmanuel, and those who have died the world over from war, terrorism and natural disasters. We also lament those who have died over the centuries due to slavery, lynching, racism and the unequal and unjust treatment of peoples in this country.

A Prayer from St. Luke in the Fields Gracious and Loving God, you made your gift of creation diverse beyond all measure, and in the sign of the beautiful rainbow you sealed your covenant with us and sent your Son Jesus to show us the way of truth and light.  Send your Spirit on us at this time of Pride, assuring us always of your eternal love and guidance as we continue the work of full equality and acceptance of all your human family. Bless those who suffer the pain of bigotry and hatred, unite us in your truth and peace, and comfort us as we remember our loved ones who have gone before. All this we ask in the name of the One, Holy, and undivided Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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