Praying for Others
Episcopalians are often called the “Prayer Book People.” Our prayer book The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is outlined around a life of daily prayer. We encourage you to have a daily discipline of regular prayer. Visit the links section to find an easy connection to a website for the Daily Office.
Prayers of the People
If you would like to be added to the Prayer List, or would like add someone else (please get their permission to do so), call the Parish Office before Tuesday so that the name will be entered onto the list. Names remain on the Prayer List for four (4) weeks.
Another way is to add someone to the Prayer List on Sunday morning. When entering the Church there is a black note book open for Prayers of the People for anyone to write in names for prayer requests. That is what the Prayer Intercessor reads from during the service. We encourage you to say that the name aloud during the Bidding of Prayers of the People.
In an emergency, a parish prayer chain can be activated. Call the office to access Trinity’s Prayer Chain in a time of crisis, illness or hospitalization. A small group of parishioners has volunteered to pray as a group for those in need. A name is submitted to the parish office, and the lead person of the chain is contacted. That person then spreads the word to the other members, who spend time in prayer for the person in need.
We are always looking for others to join the Prayer Chain. The only requirement is an active e-mail account, since that is the method used by the chain.
“The Christian’s Comfort”
The Christian’s comfort in sorrow is to be found, not in the memory, but in the presence of the one we love. The Christian is in Christ; the departed loved one is in Christ, too, only nearer to Him than we on earth.
One is on the this side of the veil, the other on that, By the coming nearer to Christ the living and the dead come nearer to each other in Him, not in any physical manner by sight, or sound or touch—that would be only to restore what is most imperfect and what death was meant to end—but in the deep, hidden bonds that bind the souls of them that love Him together in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thus prayers and good works and Holy Communion and the personal love of Jesus, become the comfort of one that sorrows, not because they make one forget or benumb one’s feelings, but because through them the soul is being drawn nearer in Christ. Thus there comes to be a deep meaning in the benediction, “blessed are they that mourn.”
(extract form letter by Dr. James DeKoven, written just before his death, to a friend in affliction, March 1879)