Evening Prayer 3.2.16, Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, 672

When Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, his wife Leah and local dignitaries blessed bottled water yesterday in the face of southern Africa’s worsening drought. It is part of a campaign to encourage water collection and the distribution of supplies to the hardest hit areas. The flow over Victoria Falls, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is at a 30-year low; hydroelectric plants are producing much less power, while food prices are soaring. Let us pray for rain; there is no life without water. (Oryx Media)

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, his wife Leah and local dignitaries blessed bottled water yesterday in the face of southern Africa’s worsening drought. It is part of a campaign to encourage water collection and the distribution of supplies to the hardest hit areas. The flow over Victoria Falls, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is at a 30-year low; hydroelectric plants are producing much less power, while food prices are soaring. Let us pray for rain; there is no life without water. (Oryx Media)

Rend your hearts, and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil. Joel 2:13

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, 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.

Hymn: O Gracious Light
Phos hilaron

O gracious Light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.

Psalm 81

1  Sing with joy to God our strength *
and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.
2  Raise a song and sound the timbrel, *
the merry harp, and the lyre.
3  Blow the ram’s-horn at the new moon, *
and at the full moon, the day of our feast.
4  For this is a statute for Israel, *
a law of the God of Jacob.
5  God laid it as a solemn charge upon Joseph, *
when the people came out of the land of Egypt.
6  I heard an unfamiliar voice saying, *
“I eased their shoulder from the burden;
their hands were set free from bearing the load.”
7  You called on me in trouble, and I saved you; *
I answered you from the secret place of thunder
and tested you at the waters of Meribah.
8  Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you: *
O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
9  There shall be no strange god among you; *
you shall not worship a foreign god.
10  I am the LORD your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, *
“Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
11  And yet my people did not hear my voice, *
and Israel would not obey me.
12  So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, *
to follow their own devices.
13  Oh, that my people would listen to me! *
that Israel would walk in my ways!
14  I should soon subdue their enemies *
and turn my hand against their foes.
15  Those who hate the LORD would cringe before me, *
and their punishment would last for ever.
16  But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat *
and satisfy them with honey from the rock.

Psalm 82

1  God arises in the council of heaven; *
and gives judgment in the midst of the gods:
2  ”How long will you judge unjustly, *
and show favor to the wicked?
3  Save the weak and the orphan; *
defend the humble and needy;
4  Rescue the weak and the poor; *
deliver them from the power of the wicked.
5  They do not know, neither do they understand;
they go about in darkness; *
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6  Now I say to you, ‘You are gods, *
and all of you children of the Most High;
7  Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, *
and fall like any leader.’”
8  Arise, O God, and rule the earth, *
for you shall take all nations for your own.

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 LESSON
Mark 6:13-29 (NRSV)

They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”

For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.” And he solemnly swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the baptizer.” Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

Canticle: The Song of Simeon
Luke 2:29-32

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
and the glory of your people Israel.

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.

St. Chad, one of four brothers dedicated to the Church, was trained in the Celtic tradition by St. Aidan. He was an abbot, later appointed Bishop of York. When a new Archbishop of Canterbury showed up, insisting on Roman conformity in ordination, Chad offered to resign. Theodore reordained him as Bishop of Lichfield – and then had to keep him from making all his visitations on foot like Christ’s own apostles. (Holy Cross Monastery)

St. Chad, one of four brothers dedicated to the Church, was trained in the Celtic tradition by St. Aidan. He was an abbot, later appointed Bishop of York. When a new Archbishop of Canterbury showed up, insisting on Roman conformity in ordination, Chad offered to resign. Theodore reordained him as Bishop of Lichfield – and then had to keep him from making all his visitations on foot like Christ’s own apostles. (Holy Cross Monastery)

Collect of the Day: Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, 672

Almighty God, for the peace of the Church your servant Chad relinquished the honors that had been thrust upon him, only to be rewarded with equal responsibility: Keep us, we pray, from thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think, and ready at all times to step aside for others, that the cause of Christ may be advanced; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent

Give ear to our prayers, O Lord, and direct the way of your servants in safety under your protection, that, amid all the changes of our earthly pilgrimage, we may be guarded by your mighty aid; 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 Protection

O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful, the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead: We thank you for the blessings of the day that is past, and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night. Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through him who died and rose again for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

For the beauty of the Earth: rainbow and lightning over Lake Mead, Nevada. (Allen Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

For the beauty of the Earth: rainbow and lightning over Lake Mead, Nevada. (Allen Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

For the Beauty of the Earth

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Peace

Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.

Wednesday Evening Prayer List

For Disaster Victims
Drought in South Africa
Cyclone victims in Fiji and Tonga
Those killed and hurt in the Taiwan earthquake
Refugee Crisis in the Middle East and Europe
Famine in Ethiopia and South Sudan

For Prisoners
Prisoners of ISIS & Boko Haram: #BringBackOurGirls
Victims of human trafficking
Guantanamo; political prisoners

The innocent, the guilty, the victims of crime
Children and families of prisoners
Prison chaplains and ministries, especially Sally & Francesca
John P. Craine House, diversion and prevention programs
Sr. Helen Prejean and all prison reformers
All who are condemned to die

For those who suffer for the sake of Conscience

O God our Father, whose Son forgave his enemies while he was suffering shame and death: Strengthen those who suffer for the sake of conscience; when they are accused, save them from speaking in hate; when they are rejected, save them from bitterness; when they are imprisoned, save them from despair; and to us your servants, give grace to respect their witness and to discern the truth, that our society may be cleansed and strengthened. This we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ, our merciful and righteous Judge. Amen.

Prayer for Mission

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.++

VIDEO: Creator of the Earth and skies – Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto, 1996

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