Morning Prayer 8.29.16, John Bunyan, Writer, 1688

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For an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.”

Shocking things happen in the United States every day, but we were still horrified to learn of the murder last week of two Roman Catholic nuns, both nurse-practitioners, who failed to show up at work at their community health center near Durant, Mississippi, in the second-poorest county in America’s poorest state. Sr. Margaret M. Held was a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee.

Shocking things happen in the United States every day, but we were still horrified to learn of the murder last week of two Roman Catholic nuns, both nurse-practitioners, who failed to show up at work at their community health center near Durant, Mississippi, in the second-poorest county in America’s poorest state. Sr. Margaret M. Held was a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee.

Sister Paula Merrill was a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The music minister at their church said, ““I just cannot tell you what precious people they were. They were just the sweetest people to ever draw a breath into their bodies.” Police have arrested a suspect they say confessed to the sisters’ murder, but did not announce a motive; maybe he wanted to go to hell as fast as he could.

Sister Paula Merrill was a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The music minister at their church said, ““I just cannot tell you what precious people they were. They were just the sweetest people to ever draw a breath into their bodies.” Police have arrested a suspect they say confessed to the sisters’ murder, but did not announce a motive; maybe he wanted to go to hell as fast as he could.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:2

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.

Psalm 95:1-7
Venite

Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving;
and raise to the Lord a shout with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God;
you are great above all gods.
In your hand are the caverns of the earth;
and the heights of the hills are yours also.
The sea is yours, for you made it,
and your hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down and bend the knee,
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For you are our God,
and we are the people of your pasture, and the sheep of your hand.
Oh, that today we would hearken to your voice!

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.

William Blake: Job Laments

William Blake: Job Laments

THE LESSONS
Job 12:1-6, 13-25 (NRSV)

Then Job answered:
“No doubt you are the people,
and wisdom will die with you.
But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you.
Who does not know such things as these?
I am a laughingstock to my friends;
I, who called upon God and he answered me,
a just and blameless man, I am a laughingstock.
Those at ease have contempt for misfortune,
but it is ready for those whose feet are unstable.
The tents of robbers are at peace,
and those who provoke God are secure,
who bring their god in their hands.

“With God are wisdom and strength;
he has counsel and understanding.
If he tears down, no one can rebuild;
if he shuts someone in, no one can open up.
If he withholds the waters, they dry up;
if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land.
With him are strength and wisdom;
the deceived and the deceiver are his.
He leads counselors away stripped,
and makes fools of judges.
He looses the sash of kings,
and binds a waistcloth on their loins.
He leads priests away stripped,
and overthrows the mighty.
He deprives of speech those who are trusted,
and takes away the discernment of the elders.
He pours contempt on princes,
and looses the belt of the strong.
He uncovers the deeps out of darkness,
and brings deep darkness to light.
He makes nations great, then destroys them;
he enlarges nations, then leads them away.
He strips understanding from the leaders of the earth,
and makes them wander in a pathless waste.
They grope in the dark without light;
he makes them stagger like a drunkard.”

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.

Claude-Guy Halle: The Deliverance of St. Paul and St. Barnabas (Musée Carnavalet, Paris)

Claude-Guy Halle: The Deliverance of St. Paul and St. Barnabas (Musée Carnavalet, Paris)

Acts 11:19-30 (NRSV)

Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, and they spoke the word to no one except Jews. But among them were some men of Cyprus and Cyrene who, on coming to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists also, proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord. News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.”

At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

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.

John 8:21-32 (NRSV)

Again Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” Then the Jews said, “Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.” They said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.” As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

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.

John Bunyan, author of “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” was a soldier who fought for Parliament in the English Civil War; later he became a Baptist preacher. After the Restoration of the monarchy, Charles II made attendance at Anglican services compulsory and imprisoned anyone who preached without Anglican orders. Bunyan was locked up in Bedford for 12 years and there began to write his allegorical tale, one of the most influential books of the 17th century. He’s now venerated in the same Church of England he once scorned, itself a gracious example of religious toleration.

John Bunyan, author of “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” was a soldier who fought for Parliament in the English Civil War; later he became a Baptist preacher. After the Restoration of the monarchy, Charles II made attendance at Anglican services compulsory and imprisoned anyone who preached without Anglican orders. Bunyan was locked up in Bedford for 12 years and there began to write his allegorical tale, one of the most influential books of the 17th century. He’s now venerated in the same Church of England he once scorned, a more gracious example of religious toleration.

Collect of the Day: John Bunyan, Writer, 1688

God of peace, you called John Bunyan to be valiant for truth: Grant that as strangers and pilgrims we may at the last rejoice with all the faithful in your heavenly city; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and 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.

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Fr. Jack Haney, multiple health issues

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.
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++

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3 thoughts on “Morning Prayer 8.29.16, John Bunyan, Writer, 1688

    • Thank you, Eugene, I will check that. I was pretty careful with my copying, but I did assume my source had it correctly. Barnabas is pretty much the hero of today’s 2nd lesson, which was glad I was glad to find a painting of him and Paul, but nothing in the lesson indicates they had a deliverance together.

      Note to all: we welcome corrections.

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  1. By the way, I am commenting as Eugene A. Koene. Michael Koene is my son, but I don’t know how his name got on this account. It has to be a fluke. Of course I’d be pleased if he were using this site, but I don’t think it likely.

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