Evening Prayer 12.22.15, Charlotte Diggs Moon, Lay Missionary in China, 1912

Mary was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

Members of St. Paul’s, New Albany, Indiana went caroling Sunday night at six nursing homes, provoking smiles and recognition. Of all the people we put out of our minds at Christmastime, the frail elderly are prominent among them. They’re not foreign refugees, disfavoured minorities or the allegedly undeserving poor; they are, and ought still to be, members of our communities and families. Go and visit, take some kids with you, you’ll be glad you did. (Kathy Copas)

Members of St. Paul’s, New Albany, Indiana went caroling Sunday night at six nursing homes, provoking smiles and recognition. Of all the people we put out of our minds at Christmastime to focus on ourselves, the frail elderly are too often forgotten. They’re not foreign refugees, enemies halfway around the world or the allegedly undeserving poor; they are, and ought still to be, members of our families and communities. Go and visit, take some kids with you, you’ll be glad you did. (Kathy Copas)

The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. Isaiah 40:5

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

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. Alleluia.

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 116

1  I love the LORD, because the LORD has heard the voice of my supplication, *
and inclined an ear to me whenever I cried out.
2  The cords of death entangled me;
the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
I came to grief and sorrow.
3  Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: *
“O LORD, I pray you, save my life.”
4  Gracious is the LORD and righteous; *
our God is full of compassion.
5  The LORD watches over the innocent; *
I was brought very low, and the LORD helped me.
6  Turn again to your rest, O my soul. *
for the LORD has treated you well.
7  For you have rescued my life from death, *
my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
8  I will walk in the presence of the LORD *
in the land of the living.
9  I believed, even when I said,
“I have been brought very low.” *
In my distress I said, “No one can be trusted.”
10  How shall I repay you, O LORD, *
for all the good things you have done for me?
11  I will lift up the cup of salvation *
and call upon the Name of the LORD.
12  I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
in the presence of all the chosen people.
13  Precious in your sight, O LORD, *
is the death of your servants.
14  O LORD, I am your servant; *
I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
you have freed me from my bonds.
15  I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and call upon the Name of the LORD.
16  I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
in the presence of all the people,
17  In the courts of the LORD’s house, *
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Hallelujah!

Psalm 117

1  Praise the LORD, all you nations; *
give praise, all you peoples.
2  For the loving-kindness of the LORD toward us is great, *
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever.
Hallelujah!

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.

Philippe de Champaigne: Annunciation. Of all the thousands of artworks produced on this theme, this is my favorite. Not only are the colours gorgeous, Mary looks more startled than serene.

Philippe de Champaigne: Annunciation. Of all the thousands of artworks produced on this theme, this is my favorite. Not only are the colours gorgeous, Mary looks more startled than serene.

THE LESSON
Luke 1:5-38 (NRSV)

In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years.

Once when he was serving as priest before God and his section was on duty, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense. Now at the time of the incense offering, the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified; and fear overwhelmed him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink; even before his birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know that this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years.” The angel replied, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. But now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will become mute, unable to speak, until the day these things occur.”

Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah, and wondered at his delay in the sanctuary. When he did come out, he could not speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept motioning to them and remained unable to speak. When his time of service was ended, he went to his home. After those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she remained in seclusion. She said, “This is what the Lord has done for me when he looked favorably on me and took away the disgrace I have endured among my people.”

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Canticle: The Song of Mary
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, God’s only son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
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,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and 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.

Lottie Moon was a well-educated Southern (U.S.) Baptist teacher when her denomination allowed women to pursue missionary work. At first she was aloof toward the Chinese people, but eventually she fell in love with their culture, moving away from teaching toward evangelizing women. Her work inspired the founding of the Baptist Missionary Union in 1888, which still sponsors an annual Christmas missionary offering in her honor.

Lottie Moon was a well-educated Southern (U.S.) Baptist teacher when her denomination allowed women to pursue missionary work. At first she was aloof toward the Chinese people, but eventually she fell in love with their culture, moving away from teaching toward evangelizing women. Her work inspired the founding of the Baptist Missionary Union in 1888, which still sponsors an annual Christmas offering in her honor.

Collect of the Day: Charlotte Diggs Moon, Missionary in China, 1912

O God, in Christ Jesus you have brought Good News to those who are far off and to those who are near: We praise you for awakening in your servant Lottie Moon a zeal for your mission and for her faithful witness among the peoples of China. Stir up in us the same desire for your work throughout the world, and give us the grace and means to accomplish it; through the same Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Aid against Perils

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Tuesday Evening Prayer List

For the Departed
Dr. David Lucas
The Rev. Dr. Claude Stewart, Calvary Church, Fletcher, North Carolina
Linda Brenn
Jim
Marilyn, faithful servant
Jocelyn P, leaves behind 5 small children

For Those Who Mourn
AJ & family

Please add your own prayers here.

Prayer for Mission

O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the Spirit of love, that in companionship with one another your abounding grace may increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.++

VIDEO: O Rex Gentium/O King of the Nations (Matthew Martin) – Choir of Merton College, Oxford, 2012

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