Evening Prayer 7.21.16, Albert Luthuli the Righteous, Nobel Prize Winner for Peace, d. 1967

At that moment the cock crowed.

This is a picture of a church in Washington, D.C. which has been turned into condos – but don’t feel sorry for the church, which is nearing completion of a new $14 million facility in the Maryland suburbs, closer to where its congregation now lives. They took advantage of high prices for the real estate they owned, and decided to leave a much-loved but outdated building. How nice that the building itself hasn’t been lost; someone will have a nice home. The church is the Way of Cross Church of Christ, a small African-American Pentecostal denomination begun by the senior pastor’s (now Presiding Bishop’s) father. They’ve struggled through the years, no doubt, but they’ve grown to 50 churches in the USA and more than that in Nigeria and India. Now we’re having tough times too, but churches should be growing; they’re more needed than ever, even if most people don’t know it. (via Washington Post)

This is a church in Washington, D.C. which has been turned into condos – but don’t feel sorry for the church, which is nearing completion of a new $14 million facility in the Maryland suburbs, closer to where its congregation now lives. They took advantage of high prices for the Capitol Hill real estate they owned, and decided to leave a much-loved but outdated building. The building itself hasn’t been lost; someone will have a nice home. The church is the Way of Cross Church of Christ, a small African-American Pentecostal denomination begun by the senior pastor’s (now Presiding Bishop’s) father. They’ve struggled through the years, but they’ve grown to 50 churches in the USA and more than that in Nigeria and India. Now we’re having tough times too, but churches should be growing; they’re more needed than ever, even if most people don’t know it. (via Washington Post)

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because God is at my right hand, I shall not fall. Psalm 16:7-8

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 66

1  Be joyful in God, all you lands; *
sing the glory of God’s Name;
sing the glory of God’s praise.
2  Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! *
because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you.
3  All the earth bows down before you, *
sings to you, sings out your Name.”
4  Come now and see the works of God, *
how wonderful God’s actions toward all people.
5  God turned the sea into dry land,
so that they went through the water on foot, *
and there we rejoiced in God.
6  In might God rules for ever
and keeps watch over the nations; *
let no rebel rise up against God.
7  Bless our God, you peoples; *
make the voice of praise to be heard.
8  God holds our souls in life, *
and will not allow our feet to slip.
9  For you, O God, have proved us; *
you have tried us just as silver is tried.
10  You brought us into the snare; *
you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.
11  You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water; *
but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.

12  I will enter your house with burnt-offerings
and will pay you my vows, *
which I promised with my lips
and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.
13  I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts
with the smoke of rams; *
I will give you oxen and goats.
14  Come and listen, all you who fear God, *
and I will tell you what God has done for me.
15  I cried out with my mouth, *
and God’s praise was on my tongue.
16  If I had found evil in my heart, *
the Lord would not have heard me;
17  But in truth God has heard me *
and attended to the voice of my prayer.
18  Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, *
nor withheld steadfast love from me.

Psalm 67

1  O God, be merciful to us and bless us, *
show us the light of your countenance and come to us.
2  Let your ways be known upon earth, *
your saving health among all nations.
3  Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.
4  Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, *
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide all the nations upon earth.
5  Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.
6  The earth has brought forth its increase; *
may God, our own God, bless us.
7  O God, give us your blessing, *
may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of you.

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.

Duccio di Buoninsegna: Peter Denying Christ. Scripture is clear that St. Peter was the greatest apostle; but he couldn’t keep his promise – to his friend, his Savior and Messiah, at a time when companionship would have been good. This is the same man who earlier started to sink after Jesus had taken him walking on water. (He is like us that way; flawed human beings.)

Duccio di Buoninsegna: Peter Denying Christ. Scripture is clear that St. Peter was the greatest apostle; but he couldn’t keep his promise to his friend, his Savior and Messiah, at a time of betrayal when companionship would have been good. This is the same man who earlier started to sink after Jesus had taken him walking on water. He is like us that way; flawed human beings.

THE LESSON
Matthew 26:69-75 (NRSV)

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before all of them, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.” When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” Again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.” After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.” Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment the cock crowed. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

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.

Albert Luthuli, a Methodist and Zulu chief, at home in 1957, three years before he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as president of the African National Congress. Mvumbi Luthuli was the first African to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, for his work to dismantle apartheid. He said, “My own urge *because* I am a Christian is to get into the thick of the struggle with other Christians, taking my Christianity with me and praying that it may be used to influence for good the character of the resistance.” (Ranjith Kally)

Mvumbi Albert Luthuli, a Methodist and Zulu chief, at home in 1957, a few years years before he became the first African to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to dismantle apartheid as president of the African National Congress. He said, “My own urge *because* I am a Christian is to get into the thick of the struggle with other Christians, taking my Christianity with me and praying that it may be used to influence for good the character of the resistance.” (Ranjith Kally)

Collect of the Day: Albert John Luthuli, Prophetic Witness in South Africa, 1967

Eternal God, we thank you for the witness of Chief Luthuli, Nobel Laureate for Peace, who was sustained by his Christian faith as he led the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Strengthen us, after his example, to make no peace with oppression and to witness boldly for our Deliverer, Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and 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 Sobriety & Recovery
That people will get the help they need

For Those with Addictions

O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion on all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen.

For Those with Mental Illness
alt. Dinah Danby

O heavenly Father, we beseech you to have mercy upon all your children who are living with mental illness. Give them loving and supportive families and friends, and bless their caregivers with wisdom and compassion. Restore them to strength of mind and cheerfulness of spirit, and give them health and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.
Thanks be to God.

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++

VIDEO: O praise our great and glorious Lord (St. Matthew, William Croft; Harriet Auber) – Choir of Wakefield Cathedral, 2001

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