Evening Prayer 3.29.14: John Keble, Priest & Poet, 1866

‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.’

The U.S. House of Bishops held their spring meeting last week at Camp Allen Conference Center in Texas, and as is their custom, had dinner by “classes” according to the year they were consecrated. The Class of 2001 features some familiar faces, including the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. To look at them, you'd almost think they were normal people. (Diocese of North Carolina via Facebook)

The U.S. House of Bishops held their spring meeting last week at Camp Allen Conference Center in Texas, and as is their custom, had dinner by “classes” according to the year they were consecrated. The Class of 2001 features some familiar faces, including the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. To look at them, you’d almost think they were normal people. (Diocese of North Carolina via Facebook)

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

GENERAL CONFESSION

God of all mercy,
we confess that we have sinned against you,
opposing your will in our lives.
We have denied your goodness in each other,
in ourselves, and in the world you have created.
We repent of the evil that enslaves us,
the evil we have done,
and the evil done on our behalf.
Forgive, restore, and strengthen us
through our Savior Jesus Christ,
that we may abide in your love
and serve only your will. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

O God, be not far from us.
Come quickly to help us, O God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Hymn: Light of the World
Phos hilaron

Light of the world in grace and beauty,
Mirror of God’s eternal face,
Transparent flame of love’s free duty,
You bring salvation to our race.
Now, as we see the lights of evening,
We raise our voice in hymns of praise;
Worthy are you of endless blessing,
Sun of our night, lamp of our days.

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
Give thanks to the God of gods, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
Who only does great wonders, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who by wisdom made the heavens, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who spread out the earth upon the waters, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who created great lights, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
The sun to rule the day, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
The moon and the stars to govern the night, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
And brought out Israel from among them, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
With a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who divided the Red Sea in two, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who led the chosen people through the wilderness, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who struck down great rulers, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
And slew mighty kings, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Sihon, king of the Amorites, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
And Og, the king of Bashan, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
And gave away their lands for an inheritance, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
An inheritance for Israel, the chosen servant, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who remembered us in our low estate, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
And delivered us from our enemies, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
Who gives food to all creatures, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

A modern handwashing station at the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem. (The Rev. Andy Morgan)

A modern handwashing station at the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem. (The Rev. Andy Morgan)

THE LESSON
Mark 7:1-23 (NRSV)

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,

‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.’

“You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”

Then he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.’ But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, ‘Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban’ (that is, an offering to God) – then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this.”

Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”

When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. He said to them, “Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Canticle: The Song of Mary
Magnificat
Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in you, O God my Savior, *
for you have looked with favor on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
you, the Almighty, have done great things for me,
and holy is your Name.
You have mercy on those who fear you *
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm, *
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones, *
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things, *
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel, *
for you have remembered your promise of mercy,
The promise made to our forebears, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may depart this life in your faith and fear,
and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit
in the communion of all your saints,
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.

Collect of the Day: Saturday in the Third Week of Lent

O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Keble College Chapel, Oxford University. Within three years of his death, the college bearing his name was founded “to give an education in strict fidelity to the Church of England.” He’d previously served the university as Professor of Poetry for ten years; his poem cycle “The Christian Year” was so beloved it went through 95 editions.

Keble College Chapel, Oxford University. Within three years of his death, the college bearing his name was founded “to give an education in strict fidelity to the Church of England.” He’d served the university as Professor of Poetry for ten years; his poem cycle “The Christian Year” was so beloved it went through 95 editions.

Collect of the Day: John Keble, Priest, 1866

Grant, O God, that in all time of our testing we may know your presence and obey your will; that, following the example of your servant John Keble, we may accomplish with integrity and courage what you give us to do, and endure what you give us to bear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays

O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending day upon us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship on the morrow give you glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday Evening Prayer List

For All Christian Churches
Presbyterian Church USA
Roman Catholic Church
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church

For Mission

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13++

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