Farewell Blessing from Beth

“I thank my God every time I remember you!” –Philippians 1:3

Serving as your missioner at the Episcopal Student Center has unequivocally been one of the greatest privileges of my life. The trust you have afforded me to travel on this journey with you was certainly not deserved, but gratefully received each and every day. Perhaps one day I will write a book about all you have taught me along the way, because it would fill volumes. I will carry with me the deep and abiding faithfulness so many of you shared with me. Your commitments to God, to one another, to prayer – both when life was difficult and when it was beautiful, have stirred my soul. 

The miles we traveled, the questions we held, the songs we sang, the calories we consumed, and the people you are becoming still fill me with awe. We danced until we could dance no more after an Easter Vigil at a beer garten. You gave me the surprise of my life by presenting me with Lil’ Beth on my thirtieth birthday, and many times after. We learned to cook for and with one another, and shared too many sacred meals to count when the presence of the Holy Spirit was palpable. You have challenged me to hear what isn’t being said, and to look for who was missing from the table. We climbed to the tops of cathedrals in England and the bottoms of valleys in Kenya. The gift of a community that helps to magnify the presence of God in one’s life is too great to measure. You have been this community in my life. 

Moving forward, I will continue to tell the story of this place with the diocesan family and everyone whom I meet. Father Eric is going to be a spiritually grounded and bold leader in your midst – you are truly blessed! Bless him as you have blessed me. 

I will continue to, “Thank my God every time I remember you!” 

Blessings & Hook Thine Horns, 

Beth 

Weekly Prayers, Spring 2016

Each week our ESC News email starts with a prayer written or chosen by students. Below are the prayers from this semester.

Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred: open the doors of our hearts,that we may seek the good of others and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace to the praise of God the Father.
~Adapted from a Church of England Collect by Kathryn Drake, junior

Dear Lord, we ask that You help us to accept ourselves just the way we are, without judgment. Help us to accept our mind the way it is, with all our emotions, our hopes and dreams, our personality, our unique way of being. Help us to accept our body just the way it is, with all its beauty and perfection. Let the love we have for ourselves be so strong that we never again reject ourselves or sabotage our happiness, freedom, and love. In Christ's name, Amen.
~Griffin Kissling, senior

Lord, keep us aware of your presence as we move through this week and help us to see Your face in the face of those around us. Give us joy and keep us focused on Your grace and glory. Amen.  
~Emily Frazell, junior

Dear Heavenly Father, as the semester reaches it's end I ask that You be near us in the midst of change and transformation. Remind us that we are never lost or alone with You. When we look into the future and feel uncertain of the direction to go, I ask that You steer us in the direction of Your great plan.
~Kayla Blanchard, junior

Hi God, thanks for looking out for us, for wrapping us in your presence even when we aren't aware. Guide our hearts to live more like you, and to be kindness and see kindness within each other and everyone we meet. Thank you for your limitless grace and undying love, sheltering us from all the storms around us. Help us to look more like love in all that we do. AMEN
~Emma Kypuros, freshman

Lord, Thank you for all that you have done for us - for loving us, protecting us, and guiding us. Through you, Lord, anything is possible. As we approach the end of the semester with final essays, exams and presentations, I humbly ask Lord that you continue to watch over us in the times of struggle and stress and in times of happiness and success. Lord, grant us peace of mind and heart, strengthen us with your spirit, and empower us to become a sanctuary for those in need. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.  
~Christienne Te, freshman

God of Wisdom, I thank you for the knowledge gained and the learning experiences of the semester. I come to you and ask you to illuminate my mind and heart. Let your Holy Spirit be with me as I prepare for exams, guiding my studies and giving me insight so that I can perform to the best of my ability.  Grant me the strength to handle the pressure of these days,the confidence to feel secure in my knowledge, and the ability to keep a proper perspective through it all.Help me to keep in mind what is truly important,even as I focus my time and energy on these exams. Finally, may I sense your peace in knowing that I applied myself to the challenges of this day. I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.                  
~From Marquette University, chosen by Sarah Bishop, sophomore