Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s



O Lord Jesus Christ, who art the way, the truth, and the fife; we pray thee, suffer us not to stray from thee. who art the way, nor to distrust thee, who art the truth, nor to rest in any other thing than thee, who art the life. Teach us, by thy Holy Spirit, what to believe, what to do, and wherein to take our rest. Amen.

( Desiderius Erasmus )


There came three kings, ere break of day,
all on Epiphany;
their gifts they bare, both rich and rare,
all, all, Lord Christ, for thee;
gold, frankincense, and myrrh are there,
where is the king? O where? O where?
O where is the king? O where?

The star shone brightly overhead,
the air was calm and still,
over Bethlehem’s fields its rays were shed,
the dew lay on the hill;
we see no throne, no palace fair,
where is the king? O where? O where?
O where is the king? O where?

An old man knelt at a manger low,
a babe lay in the stall;
the starlight played on the infant brow,
deep silence lay over all;
A maiden bent over the babe in prayer,
there is the king! O there! O there!
O there is the king! O there!

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Julia Chester Emery: blessed with a clear vision of global mission

Saint Paul teaches us that every one of us has been given spiritual gifts. Julia Chester Emery was blest with a passion for global mission and she devoted the better part of her life to supporting and strengthening the global mission within the Episcopal Church in the United States.

Born in 1852, in 1876 she became secretary of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Board of Missions which had been established by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 1871. She held her position for over forty years. During that time she visited every diocese and missionary district within the United States, encouraging and expanding the work of the Woman’s Auxiliary. She founded the United Thank Offering . This worked by giving each woman a small box with a slit in the top and encouraging her to drop a small contribution into it whenever she felt thankful for something. Once a year, the women of the parish presented these at a Sunday service. The money was sent to national headquarters to be used for missions.

In 1908 she served as a delegate to the Pan-Anglican Congress in London. From there she travelled around the world, visiting missions in remote areas of China, in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Hawaii, and then all the dioceses on the Pacific Coast before returning to New York. In this way she hoped to ignite the faith of Episcopal women with the same passion for global mission, for when she had returned to New York, she then set about sharing the stories of global mission with anyone who would listen.

Through her leadership a network was established within the Women’s Auxiliary, which shared a vision of and a commitment to the Church’s mission. An emphasis on educational programmes, a growing recognition of social issues, and the development of leadership among women, were among its stated goals.

"Miss Julia," as she was known, died on the ninth of January, 1921 in New York City, and was buried at the cemetery of Saint James the Less in Scarsdale, New York.

Scripture: In the twelfth chapter of "Romans," verses six to eight, we read:

We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for those who work to support and promote the mission of God's people to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the whole world.

... for an end to inequality in the workplace. DETAILS

... for those who have died recently and for those who mourn their passing.

... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.

... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.

... for ourselves.


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy 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, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


From "Mere Christianity" by C. S. Lewis:

I think all Christians would agree with me if I said that though Christianity seems at the first to be all about morality, all about duties and rules and guilt and virtue, yet it leads you on, out of all that, into something beyond. One has a glimpse of a country where they do not talk of those things, except perhaps as a joke. Every one there is filled full with what we should call goodness as a mirror is filled with light. But they do not call it goodness. They do not call it anything. They are not thinking of it. They are too busy looking at the source from which it comes. But this is near the stage where the road passes over the rim of our world. No one’s eyes can see very far beyond that.


God of all creation, you call us in Christ to make disciples of all nations and to proclaim your mercy and love: grant that we, after the example of your servant Julia Chester Emery, may have vision and courage in proclaiming the gospel to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our saviour and lord. Amen.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


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