Evening Prayer 6.13.16, G.K. Chesterton, Apologist & Writer, 1936

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith.”

The LGBT Pride Parade in West Hollywood marched for Orlando yesterday, a few hours after a heavily-armed Indiana man was arrested in Santa Monica, reportedly intending to harm them. (Hailey Branson-Potts/Los Angeles Times)

The LGBT Pride Parade in West Hollywood marched for Orlando yesterday, a few hours after a heavily-armed Indiana man was arrested in Santa Monica, reportedly on his way to the parade. (Hailey Branson-Potts/Los Angeles Times)

Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

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: O Gracious Light

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 77

1  I will cry aloud to God; *
I will cry aloud, and God will hear me.
2  In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; *
my hands were stretched out by night and did not tire;
I refused to be comforted.
3  I think of God, I am restless, *
I ponder, and my spirit faints.
4  You will not let my eyelids close; *
I am troubled and I cannot speak.
5  I consider the days of old; *
I remember the years long past;
6  I commune with my heart in the night; *
I ponder and search my mind.
7  Will the Lord cast me off for ever? *
and show favor to me no more?
8  Has the loving-kindness of the LORD come to an end? *
has God’s promise failed for evermore?
9  Has God forgotten to be gracious? *
and in anger withheld compassion?
10  And I said, “My grief is this: *
the right hand of the Most High has lost its power.”
11  I will remember the works of the LORD, *
and call to mind your wonders of old time.
12  I will meditate on all your acts *
and ponder your mighty deeds.
13  Your way, O God, is holy; *
who is so great a god as our God?
14  You are the God who works wonders *
and have declared your power among the peoples.
15  By your strength you have redeemed your people, *
the children of Jacob and Joseph.
16  The waters saw you, O God;
the waters saw you and trembled; *
the very depths were shaken.
17  The clouds poured out water;
the skies thundered; *
your arrows flashed to and fro;
18  The sound of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lit up the world; *
the earth trembled and shook.
19  Your way was in the sea,
and your paths in the great waters, *
yet your footsteps were not seen.
20  You led your people like a flock *
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

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.

Let's notice the witnesses present. Sometimes Jesus healed privately, sometimes publicly;  tonight’s Gospel features a big arguing crowd. We also see that touch was involved; Jesus lifts the boy up with both hands. The witnesses all thought the boy was dead, so this is a resurrection story, too.
THE LESSON
Matthew 17:14-21 (NRSV)

When they came to the crowd, a man came to Jesus, knelt before him, and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

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.

Chesterton is known and loved for his sharp wit, intellectual tenacity, and refusal to resolve the ambiguities of Christian faith in favor of facile and transient conceptions of truth.  He was a major influence on C.S. Lewis. (Ernest Herbert Mills, 1909/National Portrait Gallery)

Chesterton is known and loved for his sharp wit, intellectual tenacity, and refusal to resolve the ambiguities of Christian faith in favor of facile and transient conceptions of truth. He was a major influence on C.S. Lewis. (Ernest Herbert Mills, 1909/National Portrait Gallery)

Collect of the Day: Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Apologist and Writer, 1936

O God of earth and altar, you gave G.K. Chesterton a ready tongue and pen, and inspired him to use them in your service: Mercifully grant that we may be inspired to witness cheerfully to the hope that is in us; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and 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.

Monday Evening Prayer List: Thanksgivings

A safe Pride Parade in West Hollywood
Those who give to food banks and pantries, and all who receive
New subscribers to Oficio Diario
Our mission partners in Haiti, Liberia, Brazil and on the Rosebud Reservation
Community Health Centers and Free Clinics

A Collect 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.

A Dismissal
By Maria L. Evans

Let us go forth into the world like angels, proclaiming through word and deed, “Be not afraid.” Live without fear, bearing witness to what cannot die. Strive courageously for peace and justice. Comfort the weary, strengthen the weak, welcome the outcast, accompany the lonely. Amen.++

VIDEO: Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg; Bob Thiele/George David Weiss) – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, 1993

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