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The Order of the Daughters of the King® is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church. Reaffirming the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism. She receives support in this commitment from a worldwide community of like-minded women. No special spiritual attributes are needed to become a Daughter of the King – only a sincere desire to draw nearer to God, and to help others do the same.
St. Mary’s has an active chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King that meets on a monthly basis. For more information about the Daughters or to find out about becoming a member contact the church office to be put in touch with the current chapter president.
St. Mary’s prays for both members of the congregation and others in need on a weekly basis and at both Sunday morning worship services. Prayers include remembering military personnel who are deployed, persons facing illness, people in crisis, and those who are grieving or who have died. In addition to the prayers offered at worship, the Daughters of the King offer prayer as well, and there is a crisis prayer chain when there is an urgent need for prayer.
Send prayer non urgent requests to the parish office by email, phone (253.588.6621), or write them on the list in the lobby. Please indicate whether you want Sunday prayers, prayers from the Daughters of the King, or both.
For urgent prayer needs please contact Jean Kernan to have the prayer chain activated.
Please also be sure to let the office know when the need for prayer has passed. If you have returned from deployment or if you know people who were deployed and have now returned please contact the office as well.
Lay Eucharist Visitors provide a ministry of care to homebound persons by taking the bread and wine of Holy Communion from Sunday morning worship. This provides both a sense of connection with God as well as a personal connection with an active member of the congregation. If you find that you cannot make it to church for multiple weeks because of illness or infirmity a lay eucharistic visitor can insure that you remain connected to the church. Scheduling a lay eucharistic visitor to bring communion does not preclude a visit from the clergy when the need arises.
Long before the development of modern psychotherapy there has been the tradition of confession. Unlike popular stereotypes, confession is not a guilt trip or an expectation for participation in worship. To the contrary, private confession to a priest offers an opportunity to unburden our hearts and minds in a confidential setting. While confession is not a substitute for professional counseling, it can offer an opportunity to clear one’s conscience and to find clarity in confusing or demanding situations.
A core part of the pastoral ministry of St. Mary’s is provided by the ordained staff through being available to persons in acute crisis. If you are in need of pastoral conversation with an ordained person call the pastoral emergency number or contact the church office.