The appointed reading for the Daily Prayer of the Church (also known as the Daily Office) comes from the 8th chapter of Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome where we read:
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. (Rm. 8:26-30).
St. Paul tells you and me: “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Sometimes in the midst of difficulties it can be hard to remember that all things work together for good for those who love God who are called according to God’s purpose. You and I are always in God’s hands; we are called to trust that all things will work out for us as long as we are about God’s work.
Let us pray: Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep us, we pray, from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with free hearts those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Children’s Summer Art Program, the “Art of Listening” starts on Monday, 21 July and ends on Friday, 25 July. Each day we will start at 10 A.M. and end at 1 P.M. Lunch will be provided.
EFM Dinner on 27 July at 6 P.M. at the Taylors’ home. Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (“EFM”) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. During the Service of Confirmation we ask God to "Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them." EFM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service. Please come and learn about the benefits of EFM.
Please remember everyone on our Prayer List.
Your servant in Christ,
Fr. Chester J. Makowski+
St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550