Evening Prayer 4.14.16, Edward T. Demby & Henry B. Delany, Bishops during Segregation

The tempter came and said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”

Bishop Edward T. Demby, about 1919. A native of freeborn parents in Wilmington, Delaware, Demby was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and serving as dean of students at Paul Quinn College in Texas when he felt the call to become Episcopalian. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1899 and served churches in Missouri, Illinois, Florida and Tennessee before being elected Suffragan Bishop of Arkansas in 1918 – with no salary or housing. A few years later the national Episcopal Church began paying him; he founded churches and schools and advocated for the end of segregation. In 1932 racists in his diocese elected a new bishop, whom the General Convention refused to seat, and Demby once again was a bishop in name only. But he continued to work at the national level, served on numerous commissions and wrote many books and articles. He lived long enough to see the desegregation of schools and died in 1957. (National Portrait Gallery)

Bishop Edward T. Demby, about 1919. A child of freeborn parents in Wilmington, Delaware, Demby was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and serving as dean of students at Paul Quinn College in Texas when he felt the call to become Episcopalian. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1899 and served churches in Missouri, Illinois, Florida and Tennessee before being elected Suffragan Bishop of Arkansas in 1918 – with no salary or housing. A few years later the national Episcopal Church began paying him; he founded churches and schools and advocated for the end of segregation. In 1932 racists in his diocese elected a new bishop, whom the General Convention refused to seat, and Demby once again was a bishop in name only. But he continued to work at the national level, served on numerous commissions and wrote many books and articles. He lived long enough to see the desegregation of schools, and died in 1957. (National Portrait Gallery)

On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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 37:19-42

1  The LORD cares for the lives of the godly, *
and their inheritance shall last for ever.
2  They shall not be ashamed in bad times, *
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
3  As for the wicked, they shall perish, *
and the enemies of the LORD, like the glory of the meadows, shall vanish;
they shall vanish like smoke.
4  The wicked borrow and do not repay, *
but the righteous are generous in giving.
5  Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land, *
but those who are cursed shall be destroyed.
6  Our steps are directed by the LORD; *
those in whose way God delights, God strengthens.
7  If they stumble, they shall not fall headlong, *
for the LORD holds them by the hand.
8  I have been young and now I am old, *
but never have I seen the righteous forsaken,
or their children begging bread.
9  The righteous are always generous in their lending, *
and their children shall be a blessing.
10  Turn from evil, and do good, *
and dwell in the land for ever.
11  For the LORD loves justice; *
and does not forsake the faithful.
12  They shall be kept safe for ever, *
but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
13  The righteous shall possess the land *
and dwell in it for ever.
14  The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
and their tongue speaks what is right.
15  The law of their God is in their heart, *
and their footsteps shall not falter.
16  The wicked spy on the righteous *
and seek occasion to kill them.
17  The LORD will not abandon them to their hand, *
nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
18  Wait upon the LORD and keep God’s way; *
the LORD will raise you up to possess the land,
and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
19  I have seen the wicked in their arrogance, *
flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
20  I went by, and behold, they were not there; *
I searched for them, but they could not be found.
21  Mark those who are honest;
observe the upright; *
for there is a future for the peaceable.
22  Transgressors shall be destroyed, one and all; *
the future of the wicked is cut off.
23  But the deliverance of the righteous comes from the LORD; *
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
24  The LORD will help them and rescue them; *
the LORD will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them,
because in the LORD they seek refuge.

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
Matthew 4:1-11 (NRSV)

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,

‘One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,

‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ”

Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written,

‘Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.’ ”

Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

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.

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

Bishop Henry B. Delany, born into slavery and emancipated as a child, was long associated with the Church-run St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina, first as a student and later as a teacher and chaplain. He became a priest in 1892 and Suffragan Bishop for Negro Work in 1918, serving all five dioceses in North and South Carolina and establishing numerous African-American churches. He and his wife Nannie, who also taught at St. Augustine’s, were the parents of children who distinguished themselves in civil rights, literature and the law. (Diocese of North Carolina)

Bishop Henry B. Delany, born into slavery and emancipated as a child, was long associated with the Church-run St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina, first as a student and later as a teacher and chaplain. He became a priest in 1892 and Suffragan Bishop for Negro Work in 1918, serving all five dioceses in North and South Carolina and establishing numerous African-American churches. He and his wife Nannie, who also taught at St. Augustine’s, were the parents of children who distinguished themselves in civil rights, literature and the law. (Diocese of North Carolina)

Collect of the Day: Edward Thomas Demby and Henry Beard Delany, Bishops, 1957, 1928

Loving God, we thank you for the ministries of Edward Thomas Demby and Henry Beard Delany, bishops of your Church who, though limited by segregation, served faithfully to your honor and glory. Assist us, we pray, to break through the limitations of our own time, that we may minister in obedience to Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for the Presence of Christ

Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.

Thursday Evening Prayer List

For Those with Family & Mental Health Concerns
Monica, depression and anxiety
Peter
John, depression

Sobriety & Recovery
Beth
Phoebe

For Our Friends Online

O God, thank you for new discoveries and technologies that strengthen our relationship with you by providing universal access in Word, song, art and prayer. Bless the friends we’ve met online, and help us to use social media, webcasts, blogs and other internet tools to glorify you and carry out your mission of justice, healing and peace, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

For the Mission of the Church

Almighty God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to yourself: We praise and bless you for those whom you have sent in the power of the Spirit to preach the Gospel to all nations. We thank you that in all parts of the earth a community of love has been gathered together by their prayers and labors, and that in every place your servants call upon your Name; for the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours for ever. 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. 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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