THE DAUGHTER’S OF THE KING
St Bartholomew’s hosts a chapter of The Order of the Daughters of the King, an international religious order for women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches. Members of the Order pledge themselves to a life-long commitment to prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of each Daughter’s parish.
The Motto of the Order
For His Sake…
I am but one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
What I can do, I ought to do.
What I ought to do, by the grace of God I will do.
Lord, what will you have me do?
Glorius Sullivan, President and Treasurer and Jenni Williams Vice Chairman
OUR DOK CHAPTER MINISTRIES INFORMATION
Daily Prayers – Daughters pray daily for our church, families and friends. We welcome your prayer requests via our Prayer Boxes or by contacting any Daughter. Your prayer requests are kept in confidence by the Daughters.
Study Time – Our chapter continues to study the Bible and other resources as we strive to grow in our personal journeys and to build a firm foundation within our chapter.
Chapel Prayers – Chapel Prayers are held in Trinity Chapel on the first Sunday of the month. All are invited to come and pray together.
Lay Eucharist Ministries – We coordinate the Lay Eucharistic Ministry schedule to take the Eucharist to parishioners unable to attend the weekly church services.
Prayer Card Ministry – We send cards with a prayer to each parish member or family, notifying them that they are being lifted in prayer by the Daughters for the week.
Lenten activities – The Daughters lead the Stations of the Cross during Lent. The short service of prayers, held in the nave of St. Bartholomew’s Church, walks through the path our Lord took on the first Good Friday.
Tracts and Brochures – We supply the tract literature available covering a variety of subjects from daily devotions to newcomer information about the customs and beliefs of the Episcopal Church.
Quiet Day activities – We sponsor a “Quiet Day” – a time of prayer and meditation – at the end of each year. Led by a guest speaker, the event is for all parishioners and friends who wish to come.
Outreach Activities– We plan an Outreach project each year, such as gathering baby items to send to mothers overseas and filling “Care Bags” of personal items for homeless women in Baltimore.
We hosted the 2019 MD Diocesan DOK Fall Assembly, attended by approximately 30 Daughters, and the charity focus for the event was to donate bed pillows for “Hope for All”, a Glen Burnie organization that helps settle families coming out of homelessness.
Social Time – We plan one or two social events or trips each year for the community of the Chapter
The Daughters remain open, prayerfully and considerately, to our call where we can best be of service to the life and mission of St. Bartholomew’s Church.
“Stations of the Cross” on Wednesdays during Lent on Zoom at 5:30 pm
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Meeting ID: 895 9917 7088
Dial-in Number: 301 715 8592
THE PRAYER FOR PROTECTION
The Prayer for Protection
The light of God surrounds us,
The love of God enfolds us,
The power of God protects us,
The presence of God watches over us.
Wherever we are, God is.
(by James Dillet Freeman)
A Prayer for those Affected by the Outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus
O God of compassion, giver of life and health, we pray your healing mercies upon all who are in any way affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Comfort and sustain those who have been stricken; relieve their pain, and restore to them your gifts of gladness and strength. Grant to all in authority the courage to make wise decisions that are essential for the common good, and strengthen them to lead institutions that care for those whom they serve. Watch over all first responders and those in the medical professions whose duty it is to care for the sick; guard them from all danger, and keep them safe in the knowledge that is through their sacrifice and service that the health of the whole community is promoted. Mercifully accept these our prayers, O God of all comfort, and our only help in time of need. Amen.
(by The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton Bishop of Maryland in his Letter to the Diocese of Maryland dated March 12, 2020)
A Prayer during the Pandemic
Ever present God, we know You are here…but we have never been here before. Here where there is so much uncertainty, where circumstances change for each of us, for the whole of the earth, in just seconds. We sit on edge wanting the latest information on this advancing virus, yet we are on an overload of words and warnings. You bid us to breathe. Deeply ~ slowly. You bid us to listen in the silence for the only Word that brings hope in all of this chaos. O God, guide us to drop our thoughts, our breath, deep into the well of Your heart, to drink of Your endless compassion, mercy and promise. Guard our hearts and minds from endless wonderings and sensationalisms. You are here. We place our fears into Your cupped hands and trust, knowing that perfect Love casts out all fear. Transform this time of obedient seclusion into a pilgrimage of returning to the Source of our being ~ a sabbath time of coming to know the Love that created us from the beginning of time. Lord, to whom shall we go? We pray, wrap us in eternity and stir us with the power of Your Holy Spirit that we may rest in the Love that restores all things. Abba, grant us Your peace. Amen.
(by Nancy Severin, DOK Province VI President)
Prayer for a Pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those children who will go hungry with no school meals.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those with no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other
let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbor.
Through Jesus Christ, whose arms of love embrace us all. Amen.
(by Cameron Wiggins Bellm)
Prayer to Follow Where God Calls
Almighty Father, I give thanks today for how you are at work in my life. Help me to say “yes” to follow where you lead. May I walk in your paths and follow in your way. Give me the strength to do your will, for I know the way will not be easy. Equip me for the work ahead, for I know I am not capable on my own. Encourage me when the world tries to discourage me from this path. For I know that all that seems impossible to me is made possible through you. I want to place my life, my trust in you. Help me believe and let go. Guide me and let my life reflect you in this world. Amen.
(Copyrighted material used with permission by Kathryn Shirey, www.kathrynshirey.com)
The night is quiet. Let the quietness of your peace enfold us, all dear to us, and all who have no peace. The night heralds the dawn. Let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys, new possibilities.
(Night Prayer, A New Zealand Prayer Book – He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa)