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Morning Prayer Sunday 10/21/18

Collect for Sundays

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

It’s Sunday y’all! I hope you are worshipping today. If you are in the Ft. Walton Beach area and looking for a church home, we would love to have you join us at St. Simon’s.

TODAY AT ST. SIMON’S our in-depth look at the prayer book and the daily offices continues during our 9:30 Christian Education hour. Join us in the Parish Hall and bring ALL your questions!

And don’t forget it’s ORDINATION WEEK! How often do we get to host and participate in the ordination of a Priest? Hope to see you at 2pm on Saturday as Forbes Sirmon, Jr., our Curate, will be made a priest. Fun reception with live music to follow!

Sunday –Pray for our worship services and all who will attend. Pray for the Altar Guild and all Worship Leaders and Acolytes. Pray for the choir and music director and organist.

Compline 10/19/18

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

This prayer by St. Augustine is often cited as a favorite of those who say Compline as a later in the evening office.

I love it also. Keep watch O Lord. We have many in our parish who are ailing or recovering or just struggling. Hear their prayers. May God hear yours as well.

Evening Prayer 10/18/18

Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Evening prayer on the Feast Day of St. Luke the Physician, author of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Having spent the entire day at two doctor offices, having suffered a relapse after bible study last night of this horrible stomach bug, I needed this prayer as a reminder of the healing power, and love, of Christ. And lo and behold, tonight I ate real food for the first time since Sunday!

Baby steps. Y’all keep praying the offices, we will continue class this Sunday and dig in a bit deeper. See ya in church.

Noon Day Prayer 10/17/18

Using the Forward Day by Day app for the offices today. As I said Noon Day Prayer, I was delighted to see the app selected Psalm 126 (there are 3 options for the Psalm in Noon Day Prayer). As I have said on here before, this was the Psalm we said over and over at St. Patrick’s in Long Beach after Katrina, awaiting that day when we could offer our shouts of joy. I have prayed it every day since Michael for all the affected churches.

Psalm 126 In convertend

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream. 

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy. 

Then they said among the nations, *
“The LORD has done great things for them.” 

The LORD has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed. 

Restore our fortunes, O LORD, *
like the watercourses of the Negev. 

Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy. 

Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

Morning Prayer 10/16/18

My lack of posts are due to a weekend trip to granddaughter’s 3rd birthday party with very limited internet access. Sunday was our annual meeting at St. Simon’s, and then my wife and I with two others met Bishop Russell in Panama City with 30 gas cans full of gas to go with generators the Bishop brought to setup at several Episcopal churches.

The next day I was felled by a terrible stomach virus and I am just now feeling almost normal. Tough way to lose 11 pounds! Pray for Jennifer and other family members, 12 of us who attended the party have gotten the bug.

That’s nothing compared to what the victims of Michael are dealing with.

The devastation is wide spread in Panama City as you already know. Our diocese is moving quickly to setup a diocesan wide response, partnering churches with the affected parishes in the storm area as a start. Go to and click on Hurricane Hub for ways you can help and to register any activities you are involved in.

St. Simon’s folks, I will have detailed info soon on how we will respond. We have been assigned to St. James in Port St. Joe and Trinity in Apalachicola. Begin by praying for those folk as we make plans to help.

God is our refuge and strength, *
a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, *
and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea;

May these words from the Psalm appointed for today remind us and be of some comfort to those we are called to serve in the affected areas.