The Tower

Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 – TRINITY CHURCH NEWS

Worship has been canceled for this Sunday, January 17th as directed by the Bishop.

Unfortunately, Jefferson County has been labeled “red” due to increases in Covid-19 cases in our area.
GT, Frank, Dave and Lora will still stream a LIVE service on Facebook for you to participate that way.
Please join us Sunday at 10:00am from the comfort of your home.

For now, in person worship will be decided on a weekly basis. Updates will be emailed each Thursday as well as posted our website, Facebook page and answering machine.

Giving Envelopes: are ready to be picked up. They are on the front porch of the Parish House.

Book Club Zoom will be held on Monday, January 18th at 9:30am.
If you would like to join us please let GT know by Saturday morning, so he can send you a Zoom link prior to the meeting.

Wednesday Evening Prayer has a NEW TIME – We now begin at 7:30pm. You can start logging in at 7:20pm.

Each week everyone is a sent a zoom  link, please let us know if you need it.

Shepherdstown Shares Weekly Needs:  ground beef, sticks of butter, and canned chicken and beef
These can be dropped off at the Trinity Chapel vestibule at any time. 

The pantry is open Mondays, 1:00–3:00 PM and Saturdays, 2:00–5:00 PM, Trinity Episcopal Church Chapel. For more information, go to ShepherdstownShares.org.

Thank you!

Church Notices for Day of Gratitude

SHEP SHARES FOOD PANTRY declares A DAY OF GRATITUDE AND HOPE. Visit Facebook Live to celebrate the day on January 16, 2021, at 1:00 PM. A recording will also be available on our YouTube channel.

We declare GRATITUDE for the generosity this community has shown our new food pantry through donations of resources and volunteer labor. We uphold HOPE that the community will continue to support those in need.

Jennifer Perrotte

Parish Admin

Trinity Church

Shepherdstown, WV

304-876-6990

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 – Zoom Evening Prayer 7:30 PM

Dear Friends,

We are changing the time for Evening Prayer via Zoom on Wednesday nights to 7:30 pm, and invite you to join us this Wednesday, January 13.  Log in begins at 7:20 pm.  Follow the link below. 

The service lasts about 1/2 hour, and we take a little time at the end of the service to chat and catch up.   

The Service is Daily Evening Prayer, Rite Two, found on Page 115 of the Book of Common Prayer.  If you need a Prayer Book, please contact the Church Office.   

We invite and welcome Readers for any of the following Readings appointed for this Wednesday,   

Psalm 119:97-104, Book of Common Prayer Page 771;  (The Psalms can be read either together or responsively by whole or half verse)

1 John 2:18-25

Luke 15:1-7    

Please join us!  ~ Tina Barton & Tom Miller

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Sunday, January 10, 2021 – For Epiphany I

Dear Friends,

What a week this has been.  The virus continues to rage even as the vaccine is distributed.  Please be careful out there.  The scenes on Wednesday from Capitol Hill continue to fill us with dread and concern.  If there was ever a time for us to embrace and hold fast “the way of love” taught by our Lord this is it.  We must begin to recognize and act like each is precious to God, that “we will never look into the eyes of one God does not love” (C.S. Lewis).  We must also begin to remember that words, what we say and how we say it, make a difference.  Hate speech, hate memes, villainization, the discounting of each other only breeds and fuels the anger that seems to lie so close to the surface of our lives.  It is possible to have debate, conversation, strong political opinions and not hate and discount one other.  Our expressions of anger and discounting one another often say more about us and our spirits than those to whom they are directed. How we need to practice the Gospel values of kindness, patience, forbearance, humility to which each of us has been called “respecting the dignity of every human being”, whether we agree or even like him/her.  That is the way of love.  That is the way of Jesus.  The change for which we all long begins with us, especially with us Christians.   Let us all be the light especially in word and speech and action.   If the last week has taught us anything, it has shown us how absolutely necessary that is. 

As always, I bid your prayers:  for the sick, those who care for them, for those who have died, for our country, for wisdom and love to prevail in these times, and your thanksgivings for all the many blessings we have been given.   May we be at peace that we might bring peace and love to our hurting world.

GT

The Lessons

Genesis 1:1-5

Acts 19:1-7

Mark 1:4-11

A Homily (by Frank Coe)

The first chapter of Mark’s Gospel is about beginning.  Recall the first verse of reads: “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the son of God.” Today’s gospel story continues this theme and is about John’s preparation and anticipation.  – “The one more powerful than I is coming after me.” 

Everything has a beginning (and for that matter an end).  Everything starts somewhere in some manner.  Plants have their beginning as seeds, which in turn have their beginning.  The universe as we think we know it had a beginning – we are just not sure of the details or for that matter exactly how this beginning took place.  Our Milky Way Galaxy had a beginning when or how we are not really sure.  Sprung from our galaxy came our solar system, and again we are exactly sure how.  From our solar system in turn came our planet home Earth some hundreds of million years ago again only God really knows how. 

The Bible records several significant beginnings. The first verse of our Old Testament lesson for today tells of the beginning of God’s creation (Gen. 1:1). The gospel of John speaks of the beginning before all beginnings, that timeless, eternal beginning, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1). The Gospel writers Matthew and Luke begin (there is that word again) their accounts with Jesus’ genealogy, birth, and the beginning of his life on earth.  Mark, skipping Christ’s genealogy and early life, immediately focuses our attention on the beginning of Christ’s message and ministry. – or if you will the beginning of The Good News.

John the Baptist heralds a beginning – of Jesus’ ministry.  He probably preached in the Jordan valley north of Jerusalem.  He preached a baptism of repentance – that is a baptism accompanied by repentance.

John’s baptism of people was an outward sign and symbol of the message he preached.  It marked a new stage in the progress of religion from a system of observances to an attitude of uncompromising moral sincerity.  John’s message was repentance, the turning of one’s back on sin.  Remember repentance involves a change in mind, a change in attitude, and an alteration of purpose.  Repentance is more than mere regret.  It is not just being sorry for sin, but also actually being sorrowful about it.  It means facing the truth about ourselves and changing the direction of our lives.  Not an easy task.  For most of us fear change; we avoid it if possible.  Repentance requires a searching honest look back at our lives. The result is a complete change of mind and purpose – a new beginning

So – Baptism signifies a new beginning – Mark, through John the Baptist, is setting the stage for what is to follow – Jesus’ baptism and the beginning of His ministry – and the good news he brought forth.  When we are baptized another stage in our life is set – a beginning of a new life and ministry in and with Christ.  We are not alone.  Not only has God adopted us to share in Christ’s Son ship and His anointing – we also become a member of a larger a community of the faithful people like us – again a new beginning.  We look forward to this rite with eager anticipation (as parents of babies about to be baptized or as adults about to be baptized).

Any new beginning requires thought, reflection and preparation. In one sense it is very important in our spiritual lives that we periodically take time to reflect, contemplate and prepare for what lies ahead.  This is a time to sit back and think about the world in which we live and what we as Christians can do to make it just a little better place in which to live and to raise our children. – A time to remember God’s love for each of us and how as we live out our lives this love is reflected to others.

The baptism of Jesus is so important that it appears in all four gospels.  Each version is slightly different.

The baptism of Jesus was a watershed event in his life.  It marks the beginning of his ministry.  An interesting point in Luke’s version of Jesus’ baptism is that it is not clear who actually baptizes Jesus. So as far as Luke was concerned it would seem that he was just part of the multitude of persons being baptized that particular day.  In the other three gospels it is clear that John baptizes.

According to the Luke version of this event after his baptism Jesus prayed.  In the three synoptic gospels he hears a voice from heaven saying: “You are my son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

We really know very little about the events leading up to the baptism of Jesus.   We can certainly assume that his life to this point was spent in preparation for this event.  His baptism was not for sin, but was meant to reveal Jesus as God’s Beloved Son; empowered by the Holy Spirit and commissioned to fulfill the vocation of the Messiah – truly a turning point in Jesus’ life.  Jesus’ baptism is closely followed by his 40 days of fasting and by his temptations both of which can also be seen as further preparation for His ministry.

Baptism was and remains a rite (or if you will an initiation) involving water.  Water is necessary for life.  Without water there is no life.  Water is also known as the universal solvent.  Almost anything can be dissolved by water.  Most anything can be cleaned with water.  The word baptism is derived from the Greek word meaning “to immerse in or wash with water.”  Baptism is most certainly at one level a form of preparation.  You are ritually washed clean in preparation for a new life with our Lord. You are affirmed as belonging to God.

The baptism of Jesus changed the meaning and significance of Christian baptism. We receive gifts when we are baptized. We receive the gift of water – that is of life. Because as we all know water is life and without it there is no life. We receive the gift of a unique identity. The meaning of our name is transformed; it is now a name given by God.  We are named as beloved by God. In the same way that God announced in today’s reading that Jesus is beloved, we are now announced as beloved by God. We are given the gift of God’s spirit. We know that God’s spirit in us will lead us to lives of holiness and true joy.  We are given a community. We join with the people present at our baptism who are baptized and with everyone who was ever baptized. And, yes there are people out there in our community who are the exact opposite of everything we stand for. In fact, one of the ways we know that God loves and accepts us just as we are is because we know that God loves, accepts, and is there for all people.

One of my most memorable experiences was baptizing two of my grandchildren in Mill Run, the steam that runs through Peterkin.  At that time I was director of Peterkin.  The children were two and four years old respectively.  It was a Sunday; the weather was clear.  We had gathered in Hunter’s Meadow.  Those there included some campers, the children’s parents, other close relatives, friends (including my close Jewish friends), and Peterkin staff.  It was almost like stepping back in time.  I conducted the entire service while standing in water. 

Bishop Greg Rickel of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia writes in today’s Forward Day by Day:

“Two distinct theologies have developed around baptism.  One, I call magic, and the other, I call decision.  Magic requires no real change.  Magic is terrible theology. God loves the unbaptized person – and indeed everyone, entirely, now already – no matter what we do.

The other way of approaching baptism is through a posture of decision.  Baptism is a decision made by the parents of a child or by an adult deciding to be baptized themselves – to change, to be transformed, to dedicate one’s live to a new cause, to abide within the household of God.  This approach is not magic; it’s the beginning of a new life, coming out of the water transformed, prepared to practice the eternal priesthood of all believers.”

Some Prayers

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River
Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him
with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his
Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly
confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy
Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully
restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may
share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share
our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of
your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our
hearts, may shine forth in our lives; 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.

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so
move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the
people of this land], that barriers which divide us may
crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our
divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christ we rise today
Knowing that you alone
Know our hearts
You alone can change
Our sadness into joy
Forgive us our shortcomings
Teach us patience
Teach us kindness
Help us to forgive
Those who have injured us
And keep us from injuring others
Keep our way lighted
With your steadfast love

O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty:
Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works;
that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve
thee with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all
things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and
rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be
our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee,
to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou
art
 God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This is another day, O Lord.  I know not what it will bring

forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.  If I

am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.  If I am to sit still,

help me to sit quietly.  If I am to lie low, help me to do it

patiently.  And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. 

Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit

of Jesus.  Amen.

O God, whose fatherly care reacheth to the uttermost parts
of the earth: We humbly beseech thee graciously to behold
and bless those whom we love, now absent from us. Defend
them from all dangers of soul and body; and grant that both
they and we, drawing nearer to thee, may be bound together
by thy love in the communion of thy Holy Spirit, and in the
fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
weep, 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.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

And now unto God’s gracious mercy and protection we commit you.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord lift up the light

of His countenance upon and give you His peace this day and for ever more.  Amen

Thursday, January 7, 2021 – TRINITY CHURCH NEWS

Worship has been canceled for this Sunday, January 10th as directed by the Bishop.

Unfortunately, Jefferson County has been labeled “red” due to increases in Covid-19 cases in our area.
GT, Frank, Dave and Lora will still stream a LIVE service on Facebook for you to participate that way.

Please join us Sunday at 10:00am from the comfort of your home.

For now, in person worship will be decided on a weekly basis. Updates will be emailed each Thursday
as well as posted our website, Facebook page and answering machine.

Thank you Frank Coe and Bill Simmons for removing the Christmas Decorations. We hope some of you had a chance to stop by and see our beautiful church this Christmas.

Janie McSwain and Bill Sturtevant took many of the poinsettias to our shuts ins and they were greatly appreciated.  

Also thank you to Janie McSwain for her continued efforts on the church grounds, trimming bushes and keeping us looking our best!

Book Club Zoom to begin January 11th at 9:30am.
If you would like to join us please let GT know so he can send you a Zoom link prior to the meeting.

Wednesday Evening Prayer has a NEW TIME – We now begin at 7:30pm. You can start logging in at 7:20pm.

Each week everyone is a sent a zoom  link, please let us know if you need it.

Shepherdstown Shares Weekly Needs:  sandwich size and quart size Ziploc bags
These can be dropped off at the Trinity Chapel vestibule at any time.  Thank you!

Church Notices for Day of Gratitude

SHEP SHARES FOOD PANTRY declares A DAY OF GRATITUDE AND HOPE. Visit Facebook Live to celebrate the day on January 16, 2021, at 1:00 PM. A recording will also be available on our YouTube channel.

We declare GRATITUDE for the generosity this community has shown our new food pantry through donations of resources and volunteer labor. We uphold HOPE that the community will continue to support those in need. The pantry is open Mondays, 1:00–3:00 PM and Saturdays, 2:00–5:00 PM, Trinity Episcopal Church Chapel. For more information, go to ShepherdstownShares.org.

Jennifer Perrotte
Parish Admin
Trinity Church
Shepherdstown, WV
304-876-6990

for Wednesday January 5, 2021 – New Time for Zoom Evening Prayer

Dear Friends,

We are changing the time for Evening Prayer via Zoom on Wednesday nights to 7:30 pm, and invite you to join us this Wednesday, January 6.  Log in begins at 7:20 pm.  Follow the link below. 

The service lasts about 1/2 hour, and we take a little time at the end of the service to chat and catch up.   

The Service is Daily Evening Prayer, Rite Two, found on Page 115 of the Book of Common Prayer.  If you need a Prayer Book, please contact the Church Office.   

We invite and welcome Readers for any of the following Readings appointed for this Wednesday, The Epiphany ~    

Psalm 100, Book of Common Prayer Page 729;  (The Psalms can be read either together or responsively by whole or half verse)

Revelation 21:22-27; and

Matthew 12:14-21    

Please join us!  ~ Tina Barton & Tom Miller

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Sunday, January 3, 2021 – For Christmas II

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year to all with many prayers that 2021 sees us all safe and healthy and back together soon.  Wednesday is the Feast of the Epiphany, the official end of Christmas.  One of the many things that means is that there are lots of poinsettias in Trinity Church that are looking for a home.  If you or someone you know would enjoy having one or more, please go into the church and take what you can use or distribute.  They will disappear on Thursday. 

Please continue your prayers for all who are sick and those caring for them, for the families of those who have died, for all who are afraid and lonely.  As we enter the winter doldrums of January, our prayers of thanksgiving become ever more important.  Count your blessings “one by one”.  Doing so lifts our sights to be able to see beyond ourselves and to the One who provides for us “grace upon grace”.  Please do not hesitate to call or email if we can be of help or assistance to you.    Remember that on Monday, January 11, I hope to resume Book Club by Zoom so if you are interested please send your email so that you receive the link.

GT

The Lessons

Jeremiah 31:7-14

Ephesians 1:3-14

John 1: 1-18

A Homily

Today is the second Sunday of Christmas and the first Sunday of a New Year.  Christmas 2020 will end with the Feast of the Epiphany on Wednesday, January 6.   It seems a most appropriate time to think about what has happened in this most different Christmastide.

Few scripture passages or sections of Christian theology or literature are as profound and succinct as is our Gospel this morning, the Prologue to the Gospel of John, what is often called the Christmas Gospel.  John tells us that the birth of Jesus was a cosmic event.  One that, like creation itself, changes all that is.  One of the things utterly transformed was us, “To all who received Him, He gave power to become children of God, who were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of God”.  Even more Christ, the Word made flesh lived among us and we have received “grace upon grace”. 

Never again is humanity or the cosmos the same.  That light, the light of the love of God in Jesus transformed and continues to transform it all.  The world and all in it have been given light to see literally the luminescence of the glory of God, enabled to shine with His light.  So too, with us.  We are His children, born of the love and light of God Himself.  The world, we who are in it, and all else shine with the glory of God for those who look. 

There are untold implications to this reality.  We will spend our lives discovering them.  One was summed up in a commercial that was shown a few years ago leading up to Christmas.  It said, “Christmas is a lifestyle, not a holiday”.  It is a way of living in the world that is simple, nonviolent, not angry, or spiteful, shared and loving.  That is what it means to live in the light of Christ, having been shown by the light that we are deeply, unconditionally beloved children of God by His choice, by His grace.  As a result, that light, the one the darkness cannot overcome or overwhelm shines in and from us, too, just as it did from that Bethlehem Babe, just as from the star the Magi followed.

So, if we have seen the vision, known the light of the Baby, of Jesus, of love incarnate, even for just a moment, the task then is to never lose sight of Christmas, of the glorious transformation of all.  After all the trappings are put away, as the winter doldrums descend, it has been given to us to remember and never lose sight that Incarnation, Christ in the world, Christ in us, that precious light of love shining is always and everywhere ours, is Emmanuel, God with us. 

W.H Auden’s meditation on the Incarnation, “For the Time Being” describes the challenge.   In part he writes, “Well so that is that.  Now we must dismantle the tree, putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes—Some have gotten broken.  The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt, And the children got ready for school.  There are enough left overs, warmed up, for the rest of the week—Not that we have much appetite, having drunk such a lot, Stayed up so late, attempted—quite unsuccessfully to love all our relatives and in general grossly overestimated our powers. . . . . Once again as in previous years we have seen the actual Vision and failed to do more than entertain it as an agreeable possibility, once again we have sent Him away, begging though to remain His disobedient servant.”

Bob Homes in a New Year’s Day meditation and the truth, the Reality, he presents must be our corrective to Auden.  He writes, “. . as I look I see the certain hope awakening within us in the midst of the darkness all around us.  It is undeniable.  Jesus was born in such a time when the lifespan was around 35 years and about 40 percent of the population of the Roman Empire were slaves.  A light was born in into that darkness, the Prince of peace, Emmanuel, God with us.  You are made for such a time a this.  We are living on the edge of a knife.  But there is bass note underneath it all. Can you feel it?  It is the sovereignty of God stirring light into the hearts of all his children.  The love of God is undeniable, unquenchable, and unstoppable.  Though the nations rage, the laser light of God’s love stirs in you.  Now it is time to wake up in the radiance you are in Christ.  The new creation comes through you and me.  That love will not be denied.  Love will not fail.  It is Christ in you that bears the light of love to all people.  You bring the restoration of all things.  It will come and is even now.  Let it be.  Let the eternal life God has worked in you work its way out, integrating your ego though love, joy, and peace.  Christ is in you and you are in Christ.  You are the light of the world.  Be the hands and feet of his love in this world through patience, kindness, and goodness.   Walk in gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.  Let them transform and integrate you. This is your year.  This is your time.”

May Christmas, God with us and in us, the Incarnation of Jesus, that precious Light that shines in our world and in us that the darkness cannot overcome, be no longer just a holiday, but our lifestyle.

AMEN

Some Prayers

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully
restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may
share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share
our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of
your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our
hearts, may shine forth in our lives; 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.

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth
of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully
receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence
behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the
brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known
the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him
perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he
lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to
take our nature upon him, and to be born [this day] of a pure
virgin: Grant that we, who have been born again and made
your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed
by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom

Christ we rise today
Knowing that you alone
Know our hearts
You alone can change
Our sadness into joy
Forgive us our shortcomings
Teach us patience
Teach us kindness
Help us to forgive
Those who have injured us
And keep us from injuring others
Keep our way lighted
With your steadfast love

O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty:
Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works;
that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve
thee with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all
things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and
rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be
our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee,
to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou
art
 God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This is another day, O Lord.  I know not what it will bring

forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.  If I

am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.  If I am to sit still,

help me to sit quietly.  If I am to lie low, help me to do it

patiently.  And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. 

Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit

of Jesus.  Amen.

O God, whose fatherly care reacheth to the uttermost parts
of the earth: We humbly beseech thee graciously to behold
and bless those whom we love, now absent from us. Defend
them from all dangers of soul and body; and grant that both
they and we, drawing nearer to thee, may be bound together
by thy love in the communion of thy Holy Spirit, and in the
fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
weep, 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.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

And now unto God’s gracious mercy and protection we commit you.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord lift up the light

of His countenance upon and give you His peace this day and for ever more.  Amen