Morning Prayer 4.11.16, George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand, and of Lichfield, 1878

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Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

Earl Hamner, Jr. has died, a novelist and screenwriter whose warm memories of family during the Great Depression gave life to the television series “The Waltons.” He was born in Schuyler, Virginia, the eldest of eight children, and had a poem published at age 6 in a big newspaper, titled “My Dog.” He came under the influence of a Church Army evangelist and other teachers, served in World War II, graduated from college and worked in radio before publishing his first novel in 1953, “Fifty Roads to Town,” about a revival preacher who creates chaos in a small town. “Spencer’s Mountain” hit the bestseller list in 1961 and was made into a film with Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara. He sold scripts for “The Twilight Zone” and other series, as well as film versions of “Heidi” and “Charlotte’s Web.” In 1971 he reworked a scene from “Spencer’s Mountain” as a television film, “The Homecoming,” which drew strong ratings and became the basis for “The Waltons,” one of the best loved series of all time. Above: with actor Richard Thomas, who played Hamner’s alter ego John-Boy and melted mothers’ hearts all over the world. (Photofest)

Earl Hamner, Jr. has died, a novelist and screenwriter whose warm memories of family during the Great Depression gave life to the TV series “The Waltons.” He was born in Schuyler, Virginia, the eldest of eight children, and had a poem published at age 6 in a big newspaper, titled “My Dog.” He came under the influence of a Church Army evangelist and other teachers, served in World War II, graduated from college and worked in radio before publishing his first novel in 1953, about a revival preacher who creates chaos in a small town. “Spencer’s Mountain” hit the bestseller list in 1961 and was made into a film with Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara. He sold scripts for “The Twilight Zone” and other series, as well as film versions of “Heidi” and “Charlotte’s Web.” In 1971 he reworked a scene from “Spencer’s Mountain” as a television film, “The Homecoming,” which drew strong ratings and became the basis for “The Waltons,” one of the best loved series of all time. Above: with actor Richard Thomas, who played Hamner’s alter ego John-Boy and melted mothers’ hearts all over the world. (Photofest)

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

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.

Christ Our Passover
1 Cor. 5:7-8; Rom. 6:9-11; 1 Cor. 15:20-22

Alleluia.
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *
therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *
but with thße unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

Christ has been raised from the dead, *
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death, *
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

Psalm 25

1  To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;
my God, I put my trust in you: *
let me not be humiliated,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
2  Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
3  Show me your ways, O LORD, *
and teach me your paths.
4  Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.
5  Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, *
for they are from everlasting.
6  Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
remember me according to your love
and for the sake of your goodness, O LORD.
7  Gracious and upright are you, O LORD; *
therefore you teach sinners in your way.
8  You guide the humble in doing right *
and teach your way to the lowly.
9  All the paths, O LORD, are love and faithfulness *
to those who keep your covenant and your testimonies.
10  For your Name’s sake, O LORD, *
forgive my sin, for it is great.
11  Who are they who fear the LORD? *
the LORD will teach them the way that they should choose.
12  They shall dwell in prosperity, *
and their offspring shall inherit the land.
13  The LORD is a friend to the God-fearing *
and will show them the holy covenant.
14  My eyes are ever looking to the LORD; *
who shall pluck my feet out of the net.

15  Turn to me and have pity on me, *
for I am left alone and in misery.
16  The sorrows of my heart have increased; *
bring me out of my troubles.
17  Look upon my adversity and misery *
and forgive me all my sin.
18  Look upon my enemies, for they are many, *
and they bear a violent hatred against me.
19  Protect my life and deliver me: *
let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.
20  Let integrity and righteousness preserve me; *
for my hope has been in you.
21  Deliver Israel, O God, *
out of all their troubles.

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 LESSONS
Exodus 18:13-27 (NRSV)

The next day Moses sat as judge for the people, while the people stood around him from morning until evening. When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, while all the people stand around you from morning until evening?” Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. When they have a dispute, they come to me and I decide between one person and another, and I make known to them the statutes and instructions of God.” Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. You will surely wear yourself out, both you and these people with you. For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone. Now listen to me. I will give you counsel, and God be with you! You should represent the people before God, and you should bring their cases before God; teach them the statutes and instructions and make known to them the way they are to go and the things they are to do. You should also look for able men among all the people, men who fear God, are trustworthy, and hate dishonest gain; set such men over them as officers over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Let them sit as judges for the people at all times; let them bring every important case to you, but decide every minor case themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all these people will go to their home in peace.”

So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did all that he had said. Moses chose able men from all Israel and appointed them as heads over the people, as officers over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. And they judged the people at all times; hard cases they brought to Moses, but any minor case they decided themselves. Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went off to his own country.

Canticle: A Song of Hannah
1 Samuel 2:1-8

My heart exults in you, O God; *
my triumph song is lifted in you.
My mouth derides my enemies, *
for I rejoice in your salvation.
There is none holy like you, *
nor any rock to be compared to you, our God.
Do not heap up prideful words or speak in arrogance; *
Only God is knowing and weighs all actions.
The bows of the mighty are broken, *
but the weak are clothed in strength.
Those once full now labor for bread, *
those who hungered now are well fed.
The childless woman has borne sevenfold, *
while the mother of many is forlorn.
God destroys and brings to life, casts down and raises up; *
gives wealth or takes it away, humbles and dignifies.
God raises the poor from the dust; *
and lifts the needy from the ash heap
To make them sit with the rulers *
and inherit a place of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are God’s *
on which the whole earth is founded.

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.

1 Peter 5:1-14 (NRSV)

Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it—not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away. In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

Through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, I have written this short letter to encourage you and to testify that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. Your sister church in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark. Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

Canticle: A Song of Christ’s Humility
Philippians 2:6-11

Though in the form of God, *
Christ Jesus did not cling to equality with God,
But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, *
and was born in human likeness.
Being found in human form, he humbled himself *
and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Therefore, God has highly exalted him *
and given him the name above every name,
That at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, *
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, *
to the glory of God the Father.

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.

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Matthew 3:1-6 (NRSV)

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'” Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

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

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

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.

V.  Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R.  And grant us your salvation.
V.  Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R.  Let your people sing with joy.
V.  Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R.  For only in you can we live in safety.
V.  Lord, keep this nation under your care;
R.  And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V.  Let your way be known upon earth;
R.  Your saving health among all nations.
V.  Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R.  Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V.  Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R.  And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

George Augustus Selwyn is a seminal founding figure in New Zealand’s national and church history. Born in England, educated at Cambridge, ordained priest in 1834, he was appointed missionary bishop in 1841. Six months later he landed in Auckland already able to preach in Maori, and embarked on a series of difficult missionary travels throughout the territory, including far-flung parts of Melanesia. He clashed at times with the Church Missionary Society, tried to minister to both sides in the New Zealand Wars, oversaw the building of a self-governing national Church, and became Primate in 1859. He attended the first Lambeth Conference in 1867, at which the Church of England began to understand that it didn’t own other national churches but was one part of an international communion. While he was there he let people talk him into becoming Bishop of Lichfield, where he spent his last ten years, though his heart remained in the South Pacific. (George Richmond)

George Augustus Selwyn is a founding figure in New Zealand’s national and church history. Born in England, educated at Cambridge, ordained priest in 1834, he was appointed missionary bishop in 1841. Six months later he landed in Auckland already able to preach in Maori, and embarked on a series of difficult missionary travels throughout the territory, including far-flung parts of Melanesia. He clashed at times with the Church Missionary Society, ministered to both sides in the New Zealand War, oversaw the building of a self-governing national Church, and became Primate in 1859. He attended the first Lambeth Conference in 1867, at which the Church of England began to understand that it didn’t own other national churches but was one part of an international communion. While he was there he let people talk him into becoming Bishop of Lichfield, where he spent his last ten years, though his heart remained in the South Pacific. (George Richmond)

Collect of the Day: George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand, and of Lichfield, 1878

Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant George Augustus Selwyn, whom you called to preach the Gospel to the people of New Zealand and Melanesia, and to lay a firm foundation for the growth of your Church in many nations. Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our heart to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Monday Morning Prayer List: Most Recent

Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Lusaka, Zambia
Dena, double mastectomy in mid-April
Fr. Jack Haney, heart issues, increasing disability, brain shunt surgery today
Lexi, Beth’s grand niece, concussion recovery
Jon, multiple health issues
Carolyn
Colleen, multiple health issues
Children of Flint, Michigan & Newark, New Jersey exposed to lead in water
Brad & Tom, discernment
Tim, bone cancer, and Sara
Michelle, tumor
Jenna, successful surgery, now on the mend

ajf little franny’s prayer
just as we received it in a comment last week

Dear jesus i pray that my family returns what they have taken from me and takes no more. I pray for a home and that you guide me to live where is best. I pray for health and wisdom in all things mind body, heart, thoughts and most of all soul. I pray for my back to heal and my skin to heal and no more flu. I pray to forgive all and i pray to be forgiven. I pray for the sisters and volunteers please thank them somehow for us who ask for help praying. I pray for the homeless and incarcerated may they be treated with dignity and be relieved of their condition. I pray for war to stop. I pray for the hungry and those in need of medical. I pray for the lonely may they have friend’s. I pray for everyone i said i would pray for. I pray for emotional intelligence. I am very thankful for what im about to receive please help me to make the right decisions with it. I pray for little franny may i find her. I pray for all animals may they not suffer at all. I pray for the mentally ill may they clear their thoughts. I pray for all of my sinful thought’s to be cast away as soon as they come. I pray to find a vape to stop smoking. I pray to never drink and to stop swearing. I pray for peace and love all around forgiveness all around. I love you im sorry for my sin’s please clean my heart, mind, soul. Peace and love peace and love thank you very much!!!!!

Please add your own intercessions, supplications and thanksgivings here.

For the Mission of the Church

Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfil now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21++

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