Video Evensong 7.1.16, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abolitionist Author, 1896

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Of your goodness, destroy my enemies
and bring all my foes to naught, *
for truly I am your servant.

VIDEO: Harriet Beecher Stowe documentary excerpt – WCET-TV, public television in Cincinnati, Ohio 2013

Seek the One who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth: The Lord is his name. Amos 5:8

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. Alleluia.

If possible, light a candle here.

VIDEO: O gladsome light (Louis Bourgeois) – Cambridge Singers, dir. John Rutter, 2011

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.

VIDEO: Psalm 141 (composer uncredited) – WELS National Worship Conference, Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota, 2011

Psalm 141

1  O LORD, I call to you; come to me quickly; *
hear my voice when I cry to you.
2  Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, *
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
3  Set a watch before my mouth, O LORD,
and guard the door of my lips; *
let not my heart incline to any evil thing.
4  Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers, *
nor eat of their choice foods.
5  Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke;
let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head; *
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
6  Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places, *
that they may know my words are true.
7  As when a plower turns over the earth in furrows, *
let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the grave.
8  But my eyes are turned to you, Lord GOD; *
in you I take refuge;
do not strip me of my life.
9  Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me *
and from the traps of the evildoers.
10  Let the wicked fall into their own nets, *
while I myself escape.

VIDEO: Psalm 143 (F.A.J. Hervey) – St. Bartholomew’s, Penn, England at York Minster, 2014

Psalm 143

1  LORD, hear my prayer,
and in your faithfulness heed my supplications; *
answer me in your righteousness.
2  Enter not into judgment with your servant, *
for in your sight shall no one living be justified.
3  For my enemy has sought my life,
crushed me to the ground, *
and made me live in dark places like those who are long dead.
4  My spirit fails within me; *
my heart within me is desolate.
5  I remember the time past;
I muse upon all your deeds; *
I consider the works of your hands.
6  I spread out my hands to you; *
my soul gasps to you like a thirsty land.
7  O LORD, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me; *
do not hide your face from me
or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
8  Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
for I put my trust in you; *
show me the road that I must walk,
for I lift up my soul to you.
9  Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD, *
for I flee to you for refuge.
10  Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God; *
let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
11  Revive me, O LORD, for your Name’s sake; *
for your righteousness’ sake, bring me out of trouble.

12  Of your goodness, destroy my enemies
and bring all my foes to naught, *
for truly I am your servant.

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 22:15-22 (NRSV)

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

VIDEO: Nunc dimittis: Collegium Regale (Herbert Howells) – Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, Northwestern University, 2014

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

VIDEO: The Apostles’ Creed – Maria L. Evans, 2016

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

VIDEO: Lord’s Prayer (John Sheppard) – Stile Antico, 2010

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.

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” has long provoked a lot of ambivalence among African-Americans. Many recognize its persuasive power in the fight against American slavery, but bristle at aspects of the book’s portrayal of their lives as pathetic victims. Its enormous commercial success also led to widespread and unauthorized exploitation by white publishers and theatrical producers of portions of the story, taking it out of context, distorting it beyond recognition and using racist stereotypes to sell it as popular entertainment, turning a people tortured, oppressed and abused into happy-go-lucky nincompoops. To this day, calling someone an “Uncle Tom” is an insult; it means one who cooperates with oppression to obtain a cheap social advantage. (For a good antidote, see our final video.)

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” has long provoked a lot of ambivalence among African-Americans. Many recognize its persuasive power in the fight against American slavery, but bristle at aspects of the book’s portrayal of their lives as pathetic victims. Its enormous commercial success also led to widespread and unauthorized exploitation by white publishers and theatrical producers of portions of the story, taking it out of context, distorting it beyond recognition and using racist stereotypes to sell it as popular entertainment, turning a people tortured, oppressed and abused into happy-go-lucky nincompoops. To this day, calling someone an “Uncle Tom” is an insult; it means one who cooperates with oppression to obtain a cheap social advantage. (For a good antidote, see our final video.)

Collect of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Writer and Prophetic Witness, 1896

Gracious God, we thank you for the witness of Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose fiction inspired thousands with compassion for the shame and sufferings of enslaved peoples, and who enriched her writings with the cadences of The Book of Common Prayer. Help us, like her, to strive for your justice, that our eyes may see the glory of your Son, Jesus Christ, when he comes to reign with you and the Holy Spirit in reconciliation and peace, one God, now and always. Amen.

A Collect for Fridays

Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.

Friday Evening Prayer List: For the Church

For Our Recent Seminary Graduates & Their Schools
Maria L. Evans, Church Divinity School of the Pacific & Diocese of Missouri
Teresa Wakeen, CDSP
Leslie Scoopmire, Eden Theological Seminary

Holy Cross Theological School, Myanmar
Huron University College, Ontario
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, South Carolina
Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatchewan
Ming Hua Theological College, Hong Kong

Please add your own prayers and supplications here.

Prayer for Mission

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13++

VIDEO: Go down, Moses (Afro-American Spiritual) – Paul Robeson, undated performance

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