We ask your blessing upon all in authority over us, that they may make wise decisions and act decisively to protect us and maintain the good order of the societies and economies in which we live and work. We ask your blessing upon our armed forces, police and first responders, and especially upon all who are called professionally and vocationally to give of themselves so bravely and selflessly to heal and care for us should we fall ill: our doctors and nurses, and all who support them.
We pray especially for those who are more vulnerable: the elderly and the infirm, the poor and the homeless, and for all who live alone. We pray for all who are now seriously ill and for the souls of those who have died. May they rest in peace with you. +
During this time of physical isolation and continuing distance, help us to keep our relationships and our communities strong; bless the love which binds us together and make it stronger. Bless our families, friends, and all who support us, and give us your gifts of faith - of perspective, gratitude, and courage - that we may face our own challenges gracefully and respond generously to the challenges of others. Save us from pride and selfishness, and from the panic and fear which act against your love for us.
And help us to use this time of uncertainty to grow closer to you, to acknowledge our need for you and our need for each other, so that we may live with the unanswered questions which confront us with the hope and confidence that come from believing in you - as your Spirit inspires us, and as your Son has shown us, even on his Cross, which redeems and saves us all.
So, may he walk with us on our new path in this dark forest, and may we see with him your light shining before us, your angels as they guard and care for us, and may we pray with him as he has taught us:
r Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen +
ALMIGHTY GOD, WHO SEEST THAT WE HAVE NO POWER OF OURSELVES TO HELP OURSELVES: KEEP US BOTH OUTWARDLY IN OUR BODIES AND INWARDLY IN OUR SOULS, THAT WE MAY BE DEFENDED FROM ALL ADVERSITIES WHICH MAY HAPPEN TO THE BODY, AND FROM ALL EVIL THOUGHTS WHICH MAY ASSAULT AND HURT THE SOUL; THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD, WHO LIVETH AND REIGNETH WITH THEE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, ONE GOD, FOR EVER AND EV ER. AMEN +
(From the Book of Common Prayer, p. 167 The Collect for the Third Sunday in Lent)
The Rt. Rev. Thomas Brown, Bishop of the Diocese of Maine will be visiting us at St Peter’s by the Sea Episcopal Church on Sunday August 22 and will celebrate the Eucharist at 10 am. A reception will follow in the newly totally renovated rectory. Bishop Brown was ordained and consecrated as the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocesecof Maine on June 22, 2019.
WE WELCOME YOU BISHOP BROWN.