Evening Prayer 5.29.20, Friday in 7 Easter

New wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.

The High Court of Australia has ruled in favor of a historian seeking access to correspondence between the Queen and her governor-general leading to the 1975 dismissal of this man, former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, the only time in history that a British monarch was able to sack the elected government of sovereign Australia. It caused a huge uproar, including calls for complete Australian independence, and decades of rumors that it was all a CIA plot to prevent Whitlam from closing a top secret U.S. intelligence center in the Outback. (That facility, Pine Gap, is still in business.) The Queen and her gov made an agreement to keep their letters private until 2027 and lower courts agreed, but historian Jenny Hocking argued the Queen’s letters are “not talking about the racing and the corgis” she’s known to enjoy. Above: Whitlam holds up his letter of dismissal during a book tour on the 30th anniversary. (Mark Baker/AP, 2005)

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

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.

If possible, light a candle here.

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 107:1-32

1 Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, *
whose mercy endures for ever.
2 Let all those whom the LORD has redeemed proclaim *
that the LORD redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
3 God gathered them out of the lands; *
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
4 Some wandered in desert wastes; *
they found no way to a city where they might dwell.
5 They were hungry and thirsty; *
their spirits languished within them.
6 Then in their trouble they cried to the LORD, *
who delivered them from their distress.
7 The LORD put their feet on a straight path *
to go to a city where they might dwell.
8 Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, *
for the wonders the LORD does for all people.
9 For God satisfies the thirsty *
and fills the hungry with good things.
10 Some sat in darkness and deep gloom, *
bound fast in misery and iron;
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God *
and despised the counsel of the Most High.
12 So God humbled their spirits with hard labor; *
they stumbled, and there was none to help.
13 Then in their trouble they cried to the LORD, *
who delivered them from their distress.
14 The LORD led them out of darkness and deep gloom *
and broke their bonds asunder.
15 Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, *
for the wonders the LORD does for all people.
16 For God shatters the doors of bronze *
and breaks in two the iron bars.
17 Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *
they were afflicted because of their sins.
18 They abhorred all manner of food *
and drew near to death’s door.
19 Then in their trouble they cried to the LORD, *
who delivered them from their distress.
20 God sent forth a word to heal them *
and saved them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, *
for the wonders the LORD does for all people.
22 Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and recount the deeds of God with shouts of joy.
23 Some went down to the sea in ships *
and plied their trade in deep waters;
24 They beheld the works of the LORD *
whose wonders are in the deep.
25 Then the LORD spoke, and a stormy wind arose, *
which tossed high the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths; *
their hearts melted because of their peril.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards *
and were at their wits’ end.
28 Then in their trouble they cried to the LORD, *
who delivered them from their distress.
29 God stilled the storm to a whisper *
and quieted the waves of the sea.
30 Then were they glad because of the calm, *
and God brought them to the harbor they were bound for.
31 Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, *
for the wonders the LORD does for all people.
32 Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people *
and praise God in the council of the elders.

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 with tax collectors and sinners. (St. Mary’s RC, Leyland, Lancashire)

THE LESSON
Matthew 9:9-17 (NRSV)

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.

And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”

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.

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.

St. Margaret’s, Westminster, the parish church on the grounds of Westminster Abbey – which is a “royal peculiar” controlled by the monarch herself for state purposes.

Collect of the Day: 7th Sunday of Easter: Sunday after Ascension Day

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Prayer for an Epidemic

O God, our creator and preserver, we cry out to you along with our brothers and sisters throughout the world who are struggling to overcome the coronavirus epidemic, where so many lives have been lost already and millions more are threatened. We pray for your grace and mercy that an end to this disease will come soon; and that life, labor, community and human touch will be restored. Give us courage and strength to amend our ways of living in the face of this great human tragedy, cooperating with medical authorities to preserve our own health and safeguard others. Help us overcome our fears and give us confidence to ask this in the Name of your most blessed Son, who came and gave his life so that we might live fully, Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen.

A Collect for Fridays

Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.

Friday Evening Prayer List: For the Church

For Peace among Christians, Jews & Muslims in the Middle East
Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel and Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen

For Church Unity
World Methodism

For the Anglican Communion
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Dioceses of Akobo, South Sudan, and Ndokwa, Nigeria

Primates of the Anglican Communion
Justin Badie Arama, South Sudan
Thabo Makgoba, Southern Africa
Tito Zavala, Southern Cone of America
Ezekiel Kondo, Sudan
Jacob Chimeledya, Tanzania

For Ecumenical Partners
Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome
Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America
Robert T. Fuentes, Moderator, The Old Catholic Church USA
The Moravian Church

Our Candidates for Ordination
Deacon Tom, Episcopal Church in Minnesota, and Deacon Maureen, Diocese of Northern Michigan, to the priesthood
Steve, ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod, as a pastor, next fall

Our Seminarians & Their Schools
David and Wendy, Nashotah House, Wisconsin
Greg, Christian Leaders Institute

Central Theological College, Japan
Church of Ireland Theological Institute
Church Divinity School of the Pacific, California
Codrington College, Barbados
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, New York

Please add your own prayers and supplications here.

Prayer for Mission

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication 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.

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13++

VIDEO: Kyrie (Will Todd, Jazz Mass, Mvt. 1) – Bethany Halladay, soprano, Vasari Singers and Will Todd, piano, 2013

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