Evening Prayer 5.3.17, Wednesday of Easter 3

The crowds were looking for Jesus; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them.

Masha Leon has died, a Jewish refugee saved from the Holocaust by Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese vice-consul in Lithuania and one of the Righteous Gentiles honored by Israel. Through incredible hardships, treacherous betrayals, acts of grace and amazing escapes, she journeyed from Warsaw to the Soviet Union and eventually made her way to New York City, where she became a fixture as the society columnist for a Yiddish newspaper. But none of the stories she wrote could match one of her own; while visiting her father in a Lithuanian prison, another prisoner’s wife confided her hope of getting a message to her husband by carving on a bar of soap. Ms. Leon’s mother suggested embroidering it on a handkerchief instead. The item did make it through, and the prisoner’s cellmate, Ms. Leon’s father, was able to tell what it meant: the woman was escaping to pre-statehood Israel. That prisoner was Menachem Begin, one of the founders of Israel and its eventual prime minister. (Forward Association)

On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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 119:25-48

25  My soul cleaves to the dust; *
give me life according to your word.
26  I have confessed my ways, and you answered me; *
instruct me in your statutes.
27  Make me understand the way of your commandments, *
that I may meditate on your marvelous works.
28  My soul melts away for sorrow; *
strengthen me according to your word.
29  Take from me the way of lying; *
let me find grace through your law.
30  I have chosen the way of faithfulness; *
I have set your judgments before me.
31  I hold fast to your decrees; *
O LORD, let me not be put to shame.
32  I will run the way of your commandments, *
for you have set my heart at liberty.

33  Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, *
and I shall keep it to the end.
34  Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; *
I shall keep it with all my heart.
35  Make me go in the path of your commandments, *
for that is my desire.
36  Incline my heart to your decrees *
and not to unjust gain.
37  Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; *
give me life in your ways.
38  Fulfill your promise to your servant, *
which you make to those who fear you.
39  Turn away the reproach which I dread, *
because your judgments are good.
40  Behold, I long for your commandments; *
in your righteousness preserve my life.

41  Let your loving-kindness come to me, O LORD, *
and your salvation, according to your promise.
42  Then shall I have a word for those who taunt me, *
because I trust in your words.
43  Do not take the word of truth out of my mouth, *
for my hope is in your judgments.
44  I shall continue to keep your law; *
I shall keep it for ever and ever.
45  I will walk at liberty, *
because I study your commandments.
46  I will tell of your decrees before rulers *
and will not be ashamed.
47  I delight in your commandments, *
which I have always loved.
48  I will lift up my hands to your commandments, *
and I will meditate on your statutes.

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 Bridges: Christ Healing the Mother of Simon Peter

THE LESSON
Luke 4:38-44 (NRSV)

After leaving the synagogue Jesus entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them.

As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them. Demons also came out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah.

At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea.

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 power of 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.

Bible-reading habits, or lack of, among Americans, according to a just-released study published by the Public Religion Research Institute in Washington, D.C.

Collect of the Day: Third Sunday of Easter

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Protection

O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful, the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead: We thank you for the blessings of the day that is past, and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night. Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through him who died and rose again for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

For the beauty of the Earth: rainbow lorikeet, native to the eastern seaboard of Australia, and since introduced to Western Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. (source unknown)

For the Beauty of the Earth

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, 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.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Nassau and the Bahamas

Wednesday Evening Prayer List

For Disaster & Terror Victims
Deadly tornadoes in the U.S. South and Midwest
Drought in Southern Africa, India and Papua New Guinea
Refugee Crisis in the Middle East and Europe
Famine in Niger, Mali, Ethiopia, Yemen and South Sudan

For Prisoners
Blake
Matthew
The Rev. Andrew Brunson, missionary in Turkey

Prisoners of ISIS & Boko Haram: #BringBackOurGirls
Victims of human trafficking, including U.S. & Australian detainees
Guantanamo; political prisoners

The innocent, the guilty, the victims of crime
Children and families of prisoners
Prison chaplains and ministries, especially Sally & Francesca
John P. Craine House, diversion and prevention programs
Sr. Helen Prejean and all prison reformers
All who are condemned to die

For those who suffer for the sake of Conscience

O God our Father, whose Son forgave his enemies while he was suffering shame and death: Strengthen those who suffer for the sake of conscience; when they are accused, save them from speaking in hate; when they are rejected, save them from bitterness; when they are imprisoned, save them from despair; and to us your servants, give grace to respect their witness and to discern the truth, that our society may be cleansed and strengthened. This we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ, our merciful and righteous Judge. Amen.

Prayer 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.

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. Alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.++

VIDEO: Explaining Resurrection Sunday – The Rt. Rev. Laish Boyd, Bishop of Nassau and the Bahamas, ZNS Network, 2015

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