Evening Prayer 10.10.16, Vida Dutton Scudder, Educator & Peace Witness, 1954

The demons begged Jesus not to order them to go back into the abyss.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg has been a great success with tourists in less-traveled Manitoba, but it has also run into complaints from First Nations leaders that it doesn’t contain an exhibit on them, after centuries of genocide and cultural destruction - the most important blemish on Canada's human rights record. Curators say the entire museum is infused with First Nations’ reality, to which the indigenous people reply, “So where is it?” (Aaron Vincente Elkaim/The New York Times)

The three-year-old Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg has been a million-ticket success with tourists in less-traveled Manitoba. But it has also run into complaints from First Nations leaders that it doesn’t contain an exhibit on them, after centuries of genocide and cultural destruction – the most important blemish on Canada’s human rights record. Curators say the entire museum is infused with First Nations’ reality, to which the indigenous people reply, “So where is it?” Today is Indigenous Peoples Day in many parts of the U.S.; let us pray they get this resolved. (Aaron Vincente Elkaim/The New York 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 4

1  Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
you set me free when I am hard-pressed;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2  ”You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
how long will you worship dumb idols
and run after false gods?”
3  Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; *
when I cry out, the LORD will hear me.
4  Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.
5  Offer the appointed sacrifices *
and put your trust in the LORD.
6  Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see better times!” *
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O LORD.
7  You have put gladness in my heart, *
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.
8  I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 7

1  O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; *
save and deliver me from all who pursue me;
2  Lest like a lion they tear me in pieces *
and snatch me away with none to deliver me.
3  O LORD my God, if I have done these things: *
if there is any wickedness in my hands,
4  If I have repaid my friend with evil, *
or plundered anyone who without cause is my enemy;
5  Then let my enemy pursue and overtake me, *
trample my life into the ground,
and lay my honor in the dust.
6  Stand up, O LORD, in your wrath; *
rise up against the fury of my enemies.
7  Awake, O my God, decree justice; *
let the assembly of the peoples gather round you.
8  Be seated on your lofty throne, O Most High; *
O LORD, judge the nations.
9  Give judgment for me according to my righteousness, O LORD, *
and according to my innocence, O Most High.
10  Let the malice of the wicked come to an end,
but establish the righteous; *
for you test the mind and heart, O righteous God.
11  God is my shield and defense; *
he is the savior of the true in heart.
12  God is a righteous judge; *
God sits in judgment every day.
13  If they will not repent, God will whet a sword; *
bending a bow and making it ready.
14  God has prepared weapons of death; *
making arrows into shafts of fire.
15  Look at those who are in labor with wickedness, *
who conceive evil, and give birth to a lie.
16  They dig a pit and make it deep *
and fall into the hole that they have made.
17  Their malice turns back upon their own head; *
their violence falls on their own scalp.
18  I will bear witness that the LORD is righteous; *
I will praise the Name of the LORD Most High.

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.

Jesus heals a man with a demon; the details of this story are what make it so fascinating. Why did Jesus not send the demons to the abyss? He had something else in mind. (Source unknown)

Jesus heals a man with a demon; the details of this story are what make it so fascinating. Why did Jesus not send the demons to the abyss? He had something else in mind. (Source unknown)

THE LESSON
Luke 8:26-39 (NRSV)

Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. As Jesus stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me”—for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.

Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.

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.

Professor Scudder was a woman of strong commitments: to the social gospel; her prayer life; her scholarship and writing; and her intimate relationship with journalist and author Florence Converse. What used to be called a “Boston marriage” is now called “marriage.” (Today is National Coming Out Day, as well as the anniversary of Scudder's death.)

Professor Scudder was a woman of strong commitments: to the social gospel; her prayer life; her scholarship and writing; and her intimate relationship with journalist and author Florence Converse. What used to be called a “Boston marriage” is now called “marriage.” (Today is also National Coming Out Day and Columbus Day, as well as the anniversary of Scudder’s death.)

Collect of the Day: Vida Dutton Scudder, Educator and Witness for Peace, 1954

Most gracious God, you sent your beloved Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Raise up in your church witnesses who, after the example of your servant Vida Dutton Scudder, stand firm in proclaiming the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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

Fr. Jack Haney, recovering from illness
New subscribers to Oficio Diario
Our mission partners in Haiti, Liberia, Brazil and on the Rosebud Reservation
Those who give to food banks and pantries, and all who receive
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.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14++

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