Special Mass and Prayer Vigil for the Davenports
As many of you know, our beloved rector, Lane Davenport, entered into hospice care over a week ago. Unfortunately, his health has continued to decline such that he is no longer able to receive visitors. His family has asked for prayer during this challenging time. Many of us have already been praying for Lane, Amy, Tyler and his entire family for quite some time now, and we continue to hold them in our prayers. At this juncture, though, a special intention of prayer would be most welcome. We will offer two ways for you to pray specially for the Davenports.
First, we will have a Mass of Healing with special intention for the Davenports tomorrow night, July 28th at 7 pm in the St. Agnes Chapel. This mass will be contemplative, and we will have anointing for healing available. One may receive anointing for healing for oneself or a loved one.
Also, we would like to put together a 24 Hour Prayer Vigil for the Davenports. This Prayer Vigil will be an intentional way that we can lift up Lane and his family in prayer throughout the day. We will open the St. Francis Chapel from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each weekday for prayer. (You can enter the St. Francis Chapel from the metal side door to the left of the main church doors.) While this space is open to anyone who would like to pray, you need not feel obliged to come there to pray. If you are at your desk at work, you can lift the Davenports up in prayer. If you are at home, you can them up there as well. I will have a schedule of 30 minute slots for the entire day. Of course, one can pray at any time for the Davenports. This 24 Hour Prayer Vigil is a way in which we hope to lift them up in continuous intentional prayer. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (202) 288-6442 to let me know a time when you would be available for the Prayer Vigil.
Please know that I am available if you would like to have someone to talk or pray with during this very challenging time. Please feel free to contact me anytime.
With great love,
A request from Amy
July 15, 2015
Dear Church Family:
Thanks for all the love and support we have received from so many of you so far. Its a tough time, but its been made much easier by the light that you've brought into our lives.
So many of you have asked me what you can do for us, and though prayers continue to be my priority request, I do have another idea about something important that you can do for us. It would be powerful and meaningful, I think, if you could write emails/letters/notes to Tyler describing the role that Lane played in your life. These are things I think that Ty would hold on to and treasure for life.
If you plan to email--you can send them to my email address: email@example.com. If you are writing letters or cards, you can send them to the rectory: 1217 Massachusetts Ave, NW, WDC 20005.
Please continue to hold my darling husband in your prayers. He loves the parish dearly and continues to pray for it and for each of you
Wishing you love and light,