Covid 19 Response

St. John’s responds to the Covid-19 disease

We continue to be open for worship, and are using the same guidelines as were in place previously. They are available hereThe 10:00 a.m. service will continue to be livestreamed on YouTube. For details, visit our Worship Online page.

We are pleased to announce that our Thrift Shop will be open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. until noon, beginning Saturday May 1. Click here for details. We have resumed our monthly pantry distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables; our next pantry day is Saturday May 1. Click here for details. Until further notice, in compliance with current Diocesan guidelines, there will be no other Saturday morning ministries and no meetings.

Prayer Requests

It is still especially important to us that those of you who continue to shelter in place feel connected to this community as we re-open. The video live stream will continue, and if you use the “chat” feature, we will say hello at the offertory. The link will continue to be sent in Friday’s e-blast, and it will be available also on the website.

There are three ways to include your petitions in our Sunday worship: 

  • Phone the office (if your prayer requests are here by noon on Wednesday, they will appear in the bulletin);
  • Add your prayers to the clipboard at the entry of the church on Sunday morning;
  • Add your prayers during worship if you are joining us online using the chat feature.  

Additional worship resources may be found here.

We offer the following links:

You will find tips on shopping safely here.

In planning your trip to the grocery store or pharmacy, you can use Google Maps to help find less-crowded times. Open Google Maps and type the name and address in the search bar. Once the store appears on the map, swipe up from the bottom of the screen (on your phone) or click on the map (on your computer) to reveal the information card. From there, scroll down until you see the "Popular times" section.

There will be a graph right under "Popular times" which shows the busiest hours for that store. The information displayed is for the current day, and will even display a pink bar for some stores to show you how busy it is at that exact moment.


Other useful links:

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry:

https://episcopalchurch.org/concerning-covid19

CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

New York State:

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

Fact sheet from the Seattle Times:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6809294-Seattle-Times-Coronavirus-Fact-sheet2.html

Albany County:

https://www.albanycounty.com/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-county-news

 

City of Troy:

http://www.troyny.gov/coronavirus-covid-19/


From the Book of Common Prayer

Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of  everlasting salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy gracious and ready help;  through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Prayer For Protection, 832)

O  God of peace, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be  saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our shall be our  strength: By the might of your Spirit lift us, we pray you, to your  presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus  Christ our Lord. Amen. (A Prayer for Quiet Confidence, 832) 

Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Prayer for Doctors & Nurses, 460)

O God, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered: Make us, we pray, deeply aware of the  shortness and  uncertainty of human life; and let your Holy  Spirit lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days; that, when we shall have served you in our generation, we may be gathered to our ancestors, having the testimony of a good conscience, in the communion of the Catholic Church, in the confidence of a certain faith, in the comfort of a religious and holy hope, in favor with you, our God, and in perfect charity with the world.  All this we ask through Jesus Christ our  Lord.  Amen. (Prayer for Holy Living, 504)

(Thanks to Dean Harding, Cathedral of All Saints, for this compilation).