May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Prayers

Happy Memorial Day to you all.

Please keep all military, past and present in your prayers.

These men and women through the centuries have given of themselves to create and preserve the freedoms we, too often, take for granted.

Did you have an ancestor in the Civil War? in the Revolutionary War? the War of 1812? the Korean or Vietnam conflicts? One or both World Wars? Think about the human link you have to that person. Like you they had a family that they left behind when they went to fight for their country. They were fighting to create a new nation or preserve that nation or to ensure the freedoms of this nation. The rows of white markers in cemeteries around the country and across the world testify to their sacrifice for you and me.

Do you know someone who is now serving or recently served in the military? Send them a card or give them a call to say 'thank you' for your sacrifice.

May 11, 2014

Welcome Jr. Daughters

This Mother's Day, a trio of girls was installed into the St. Brigid Jr. DOK Chapter. The chapter now includes girls from both the Cathedral and St. Chad's in Albuquerque.

Welcome to Lydia, Catherine, & Jena (center). They were joined by Garland and Courtenay from the chapter for the event. Thanks to Kat, Martha, Peggy, & Dawn who worked with the new girls and the chapter during their training. Thanks to Mother Jan who officiated at St. Chad's. The installation of these young ladies reminds us that we are indeed Mothers and Sisters and Daughters of each other and charged with the mutual up-building and encouragement of each other. See the Varieties of Gifts blog for more thoughts about this.

All Chapters should prayerfully consider including younger women and even girls in their chapter activities. It only takes 3 girls (7-21 years old) to form a chapter. These can even be non-Episcopal girls, so it is a great evangelism tool for both the girls in your parish and your chapter.

May 1, 2014

National Day of Prayer

Did you know-In 1928 Margaret Franklin and 200 Daughters of the King met with President Calvin Coolidge and suggested an annual Day of Prayer for the nation.

From the National DOK Website:

To: All Daughters of the King
From: Your National Council
Re: National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 1, 2014

The National Day of Prayer is celebrated by Americans of many religions. The Day is designed to emphasize prayer for America and its leadership and for its peoples. Its purpose is to unify us in asking for God's guidance and blessings upon our country.
The first National Day of Prayer was proclaimed by the Continental Congress in 1775. The second was established by President George Washington. Presidents John Adams and Abraham Lincoln also proclaimed National Days of Prayer. In 1928 Margaret Franklin and 200 Daughters of the King met with President Calvin Coolidge and suggested an annual Day of Prayer for the nation. On April 17, 1952, President Truman signed a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer must be declared by each following president at an appropriate date of his choice. In 1972 a National Task Force was created to coordinate events. . In his 1983 declaration, Ronald Reagan said, "From General Washington's struggle at Valley Forge to the present, this Nation has fervently sought and received divine guidance as it pursued the course of history. This occasion provides our Nation with an opportunity to further recognize the source of our blessings, and to seek His help for the challenges we face today and in the future." In 1988, the law was amended so that the National Day of Prayer would be held on the first Thursday of May. Two stated intentions of the National Day of Prayer were that it would be a day when adherents of all great religions could unite in prayer and that it may one day bring renewed respect for God to all the peoples of the world.
As our nation struggles with continued economic insecurity, vast healthcare reform, as well as the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters, citizens of the United States are preparing to exercise their freedom to gather, worship, and pray. Millions will answer the call to prayer on May 1st in observance of the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer. Organized events will be held in thousands of public venues where intercession will be made for America and its leadership. Daughters of the King are encouraged to participate in these events as well as to pray together and individually for our country and all things that concern the American people and this nation we call home.

The Order of the Daughters of the King®

A Christian Community offering Spiritual Support
for Women of All Ages
The Order of the Daughters of the King® (DOK) is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of Prayer, Service and Evangelism. We are lay and ordained women who have made a commitment to Jesus as our Savior, and we follow Him as Lord of our lives. We are women who, in the midst of our daily lives, find community and spiritual support in local chapters of three or more women. Chapters are formed in churches (and church-related institutions) and are under the oversight of their own clergy.
Women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate may become Daughters of the King. Today our membership includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches. There are approximately 25,000 Daughters of the King in the US and 5,000 international Daughters in eighteen countries. Click here to read more.
The Mission of the Order®
The mission of the Order is the extension of Christ's Kingdom through Prayer, Service and Evangelism.
Vision Statement of The Order of the Daughters of the King®
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters of the King is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others and to become reflections of God’s love throughout the world.