Morning Prayer 10.25.16, Tuesday of Pentecost 23

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Over waves of the sea, over all the earth,
and over every people and nation I have held sway.
Among all these I sought a resting place;
in whose territory should I abide?

The French government started demolishing “The Jungle” at Calais yesterday, destroying the squalid camp where Syrian, Afghan and other refugees hoped to catch a ride to the United Kingdom. But as bleak as conditions were, the camp was also a supportive community of like-minded people, many of them unaccompanied children like Afsar Khadarkhail, 12, of Afghanistan; local volunteers built a ramshackle teen hangout with a pool table, television and mobile phone charging stations. The French say they will relocate some residents elsewhere within the country, while others will be paroled to Britain, where most want to go. Those held back in France may try to escape by stowing away on a passing vehicle headed for the Channel Tunnel; some have reportedly made it to Britain, but others have been killed on the way. (Matt Tinsley/Los Angeles Times)

The French government started demolishing “The Jungle” at Calais yesterday, destroying the squalid camp where Afghan, African and other refugees hoped to catch a ride to the United Kingdom. Many were eager to leave, but others said that as bleak as conditions were, the camp was also a supportive community, many of them unaccompanied children like Afsar Khadarkhail, 12, of Afghanistan. Local volunteers built a ramshackle teen hangout with a pool table, television and mobile phone charging stations. The French say they will relocate most residents to cities and towns throughout the country, while others will be paroled to Britain, where most want to go. Those held back in France may try to escape by stowing away on a passing truck headed for the Channel Tunnel; some have reportedly made it to Britain, but others have been killed on the way. (Matt Tinsley/Los Angeles Times)

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

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
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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 45

1  My heart is stirring with a noble song;
let me recite what I have fashioned for the king; *
my tongue shall be the pen of a skilled writer.
2  You are the fairest of men; *
grace flows from your lips,
because God has blessed you for ever.
3  Strap your sword upon your thigh, O mighty warrior, *
in your pride and in your majesty.
4  Ride out and conquer in the cause of truth *
and for the sake of justice.
5  Your right hand will show you marvelous things; *
your arrows are very sharp, O mighty warrior.
6  The peoples are falling at your feet, *
and the king’s enemies are losing heart.
7  Your throne, O God, endures for ever and ever, *
a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your reign;
you love righteousness and hate iniquity.
8  Therefore God, your God, has anointed you *
with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
9  All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia, *
and the music of strings from ivory palaces makes you glad.
10  Kings’ daughters stand among the ladies of the court; *
on your right hand is the queen,
adorned with the gold of Ophir.
11  ”Hear, O daughter; consider and listen closely; *
forget your people and your father’s house.
12  The king will have pleasure in your beauty; *
he is your master; therefore do him honor.
13  The people of Tyre are here with a gift; *
the rich among the people seek your favor.”
14  All glorious is the princess as she enters; *
her gown is cloth-of-gold.
15  In embroidered apparel she is brought to the king; *
after her the bridesmaids follow in procession.
16  With joy and gladness they are brought, *
and enter into the palace of the king.
17  “In place of fathers, O king, you shall have sons; *
you shall make them princes over all the earth.
18  I will make your name to be remembered
from one generation to another; *
therefore nations will praise you for ever and 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 LESSONS
Ecclesiasticus 24:1-12 (NRSV)

Wisdom praises herself,
and tells of her glory in the midst of her people.
In the assembly of the Most High she opens her mouth,
and in the presence of his hosts she tells of her glory:
“I came forth from the mouth of the Most High,
and covered the earth like a mist.
I dwelt in the highest heavens,
and my throne was in a pillar of cloud.
Alone I compassed the vault of heaven
and traversed the depths of the abyss.
Over waves of the sea, over all the earth,
and over every people and nation I have held sway.
Among all these I sought a resting place;
in whose territory should I abide?

“Then the Creator of all things gave me a command,
and my Creator chose the place for my tent.
He said, ‘Make your dwelling in Jacob,
and in Israel receive your inheritance.’
Before the ages, in the beginning, he created me,
and for all the ages I shall not cease to be.
In the holy tent I ministered before him,
and so I was established in Zion.
Thus in the beloved city he gave me a resting place,
and in Jerusalem was my domain.
I took root in an honored people,
in the portion of the Lord, his heritage.”

Canticle:  A Song of Pilgrimage
Ecclesiasticus 51:13-16, 20b-22

Before I ventured forth,
even while I was very young, *
I sought wisdom openly in my prayer.
In the forecourts of the temple I asked for her, *
and I will seek her to the end.
From first blossom to early fruit, *
she has been the delight of my heart.
My foot has kept firmly to the true path, *
diligently from my youth have I pursued her.
I inclined my ear a little and received her; *
I found for myself much wisdom and became adept in her.
To the one who gives me wisdom will I give glory, *
for I have resolved to live according to her way.
From the beginning I gained courage from her, *
therefore I will not be forsaken.
In my inmost being I have been stirred to seek her, *
therefore have I gained a good possession.
As my reward the Almighty has given me the gift of language,*
and with it will I offer praise to God.

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.

Revelation 11:14-19 (NRSV)

The second woe has passed. The third woe is coming very soon.

Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord
and of his Messiah,
and he will reign forever and ever.”

Then the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, singing,

“We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty,
who are and who were,
for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.
The nations raged,
but your wrath has come,
and the time for judging the dead,
for rewarding your servants, the prophets
and saints and all who fear your name,
both small and great,
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.

Canticle: A Song of Faith
1 Peter 1:3-4, 18-21

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, *
by divine mercy we have a new birth into a living hope;
Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, *
we have an inheritance that is imperishable in heaven.
The ransom that was paid to free us *
was not paid in silver or gold,
But in the precious blood of Christ, *
the Lamb without spot or stain.
God raised Jesus from the dead and gave him glory *
so that we might have faith and hope in God.

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.

Luke 11:27-36 (NRSV)

While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”

When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”

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.  Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
R.  Govern and uphold them, now and always.
V.  Day by day we bless you;
R.  We praise your Name for ever.
V.  Lord, keep us from all sin today;
R.  Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V.  Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R.  For we put our trust in you.
V.  In you, Lord, is our hope;
R.  And we shall never hope in vain.

The Rev. John Floberg, left, missionary priest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, presented an Episcopal Church flag which flew over the campground where Native American protesters are trying to stop construction of a big oil pipeline right next door, to an official of the Episcopal Church Archives last week at a meeting of the Episcopal Church Executive Council. The flag, whipped by the fierce winds of the Great Plains, was the only church flag to fly over the camp, along with hundreds of flags representing many of the First Nations of North America. The protests continue, with scores of people arrested over the weekend. The Indians plan to keep up their vigil all winter if need be until the bulldozers are loaded up and hauled away. (The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service)

The Rev. John Floberg, left, missionary priest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, presented a proud, tattered Episcopal Church flag which flew over the campground where Native American protesters are trying to stop construction of a big oil pipeline right next door, to an official of the Episcopal Church Archives last week at a meeting of the Episcopal Church Executive Council. The flag, whipped by the fierce winds off the Great Plains, was the only church flag to fly over the camp, along with hundreds of banners representing many of the First Nations of North America. The protests continue, with scores of people arrested over the weekend. Indian leaders plan to keep up their vigil indefinitely, until the bulldozers are loaded up and hauled away. (The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service)

Collect of the Day: Proper 25

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For Those who Influence Public Opinion

Almighty and everlasting God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

TheyHaveNames

3 Americans Killed in War Last Week
They Have Names, compiled since 2007 by Clint Gilliland

Total War Deaths: 8,350

Iraq: Total Deaths: 4,827
FINAN, Jason C., 34, CPO, US Navy, Anaheim, CA, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three

Afghanistan: Total Deaths: 3,523
RINEY, Douglas J., 26, SGT, US Army, Fairview, IL, 1st Cavalry Division (Green on Blue attack)
SAURO, Michael G., Civilian, 40, no rank, McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (Green on Blue attack)

The first American killed in the military offensive to reclaim the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State died while serving alongside Navy SEALs, defense officials said Sunday. Chief Petty Officer Jason Finan, 34, was attached to an elite SEAL team that was advising the Iraqi Counterterrorism Service. The Iraqi troops were attacked Thursday, and the SEAL team pulled back along with the the troops they were advising, said Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the senior U.S. commander in Iraq. Finan was in a vehicle and spotted a roadside bomb when he was killed. Finan is survived by his wife, Chariss, and their 7-year-old son, of Imperial Beach, California. Finan, a native of Anaheim, Calif., was assigned to the Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3. He enlisted in the Navy in August of 2003 and had earned several commendations throughout his lengthy military career. “Chief Finan was extremely proud of his service to his country [and] he was deeply respected by his peers and teammates,” Capt. Dean Muriano, commander of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group Unit 1, said in a statement. “His family and brothers in arms are mourning and grieving the loss of this respected and talented sailor. He gave his life for his teammates and was committed and loyal to the country he loved.” (U.S. Navy)

The first American killed in the military offensive to reclaim Mosul from the Islamic State died while serving alongside Navy SEALs: Chief Petty Officer Jason Finan, 34, was attached to an elite SEAL team that advised the Iraqi Counterterrorism Service. Iraqi troops were attacked Thursday, and the SEAL team pulled back along with them, said Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the senior U.S. commander in Iraq. Finan was in a vehicle and spotted a roadside bomb when he was killed. He is survived by his wife, Chariss, and their 7-year-old son, of Imperial Beach, California. Finan, a native of Anaheim, Calif., enlisted in the Navy in August of 2003 and had earned several commendations throughout his lengthy military career. “Chief Finan was extremely proud of his service to his country [and] he was deeply respected by his peers and teammates,” Capt. Dean Muriano, commander of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group Unit 1, said in a statement. “His family and brothers in arms are mourning and grieving the loss of this respected and talented sailor. He gave his life for his teammates and was committed and loyal to the country he loved.” (U.S. Navy)

Highly decorated Sgt. Douglas J. Riney, 26, of Fairview, Illinois died of wounds received after encountering “hostile enemy forces” in Kabul, Afghanistan. Riney was killed with civilian Army employee Michael G. Suaro. Riney’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, four Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and NATO Medal. (U.S. Army)

Highly decorated Sgt. Douglas J. Riney, 26, of Fairview, Illinois died of wounds received after encountering “hostile enemy forces” in Kabul, Afghanistan. Riney was killed with civilian Army employee Michael G. Suaro. Riney’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. (U.S. Army)

 

The Department of Defense identified the civilian employee who was killed in Afghanistan Thursday as Michael G. Sauro, 40, of McAlester, Oklahoma, who died in Kabul. The attack happened at an Afghan military ammunition supply point outside of Kabul. They said the Americans were visiting the site as part of their “train, advise and assist” mission when a lone gunman opened fire on them at the entry control point. Officials said the assailant was wearing an Afghan army uniform and was killed. (Pentagon photo)

The Department of Defense identified the civilian employee who was killed in Afghanistan Thursday as Michael G. Sauro, 40, of McAlester, Oklahoma, who died in Kabul. The attack happened at an Afghan military ammunition supply point outside of Kabul. They said the Americans were visiting the site as part of their “train, advise and assist” mission when a lone gunman opened fire on them at the entry control point. Officials said the assailant was wearing an Afghan army uniform and was killed. (Pentagon photo)

For Those in the Armed Forces of our Country

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Peace

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Please add your own intercessions, supplications and thanksgivings here.

Collect for Mission

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. 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.

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++

VIDEO: Jesus calls us o’er the tumult (#550, Restoration, from The Southern Harmony; Cecil Frances Alexander) – uncredited musicians, via Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, Georgetown, South Carolina, 2009

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