Morning Prayer 12.29.16, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1170

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We were few in number (5) and lonesome today at 7 a.m., but the service turned out great anyway; click here!

Our 9 a.m. service included Fr. Michael’s chant of the First Song of Moses. To watch and pray with us, go here.

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near.

Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia is one of 450 U.S. churches which have signed on to assist in offering sanctuary to immigrants in danger of being deported. This man took shelter about 7 weeks ago; he sleeps on a cot in a Sunday school room in the basement, and receives visits from his family. When his young children, born in America, visit, they cling to him and don’t want to leave. But he’s a chronic offender, according to immigration authorities, has been deported more than once, fined and even imprisoned; now he’s applying for an emergency visa, and here’s this church trying to protect him in the face of a promised crackdown. (Charles Mostoller/The New York Times)

Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia is one of 450 U.S. churches which assist in offering sanctuary to immigrants in danger of being deported. This man took shelter about 7 weeks ago; he sleeps on a cot in a Sunday school room in the basement, and receives visits from his family. When his young children, born in America, visit, they cling to him and don’t want to leave. But he’s a chronic offender according to immigration authorities, has been deported more than once, fined and imprisoned; now he’s applying for another visa, and here’s this church trying to protect him in the face of a promised crackdown. (Charles Mostoller/The New York Times)

Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11

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 you are 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 18:1-20

1  I love you, O LORD my strength, *
O LORD my stronghold, my crag, and my haven.
2  My God, my rock in whom I put my trust, *
my shield, the horn of my salvation, and my refuge;
you are worthy of praise.
3  I will call upon the LORD, *
and so shall I be saved from my enemies.
4  The breakers of death rolled over me, *
and the torrents of oblivion made me afraid.
5  The cords of hell entangled me, *
and the snares of death were set for me.
6  I called upon the LORD in my distress *
and cried out to my God for help.
7  You heard my voice from your heavenly dwelling; *
my cry of anguish came to your ears.
8  The earth reeled and rocked; *
the roots of the mountains shook;
they reeled because of your anger.
9  Smoke rose from your nostrils
and a consuming fire out of your mouth; *
hot burning coals blazed forth from you.
10  You parted the heavens and came down *
with a storm cloud under your feet.
11  You mounted on cherubim and flew; *
you swooped on the wings of the wind.
12  You wrapped darkness about you; *
you made dark waters and thick clouds your pavilion.
13  From the brightness of your presence, through the clouds, *
burst hailstones and coals of fire.
14  O LORD, you thundered out of heaven; *
O Most High, you uttered your voice.
15  You loosed your arrows and scattered them; *
you hurled thunderbolts and routed them.
16  The beds of the seas were uncovered,
and the foundations of the world laid bare, *
at your battle cry, O LORD,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
17  You reached down from on high and grasped me; *
you drew me out of great waters.
18  You delivered me from my strong enemies
and from those who hated me; *
for they were too mighty for me.
19  They confronted me in the day of my disaster; *
but the LORD was my support.
20  You brought me out into an open place; *
you rescued me because you delighted in me.

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
Isaiah 12:1-6 (NRSV)

You will say in that day:
I will give thanks to you, O LORD,
for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
and you comforted me.

Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid,
for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might;
he has become my salvation.

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day:

Give thanks to the LORD,
call on his name;
make known his deeds among the nations;
proclaim that his name is exalted.

Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;
let this be known in all the earth.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Canticle: The Song of Moses
Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18

I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted; *
the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my refuge; *
the Lord has become my Savior.
This is my God and I will praise him, *
the God of my people and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a mighty warrior; *
Yahweh is his Name.
The chariots of Pharaoh and his army has he hurled into the sea;
the finest of those who bear armor have been drowned in the Red Sea.
The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them; *
they sank into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might; *
your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.
Who can be compared with you, O Lord, among the gods? *
who is like you, glorious in holiness,
awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?
You stretched forth your right hand; *
the earth swallowed them up.
With your constant love you led the people you redeemed; *
with your might you brought them in safety to your holy dwelling.
You will bring them in and plant them *
on the mount of your possession,
The resting-place you have made for yourself, O Lord, *
the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.
The Lord shall reign *
for ever and for 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.

Alpha and omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. (tumblr)

Alpha and omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. (tumblr)

Revelation 1:1-8 (NRSV)

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place; he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near.

John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Look! He is coming with the clouds;
every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.
So it is to be. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Canticle: Song of the Redeemed
Revelation 15:3-4

O ruler of the universe, Lord God,
great deeds are they that you have done, *
surpassing human understanding.
Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, *
O King of all the ages.

Who can fail to do you homage, Lord
and sing the praises of your Name? *
for you only are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and fall down before you *
because your just and holy works have been revealed.

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 7:37-52 (NRSV)

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.'” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But some asked, “Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not arrest him?” The police answered, “Never has anyone spoken like this!” Then the Pharisees replied, “Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law—they are accursed.” Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked, “Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?” They replied, “Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.”

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.

Murder of Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral. He was Henry II’s best friend, but they clashed when the king tried to control the prosecution of clergy accused of notorious criminal acts. Becket upheld the Church’s prerogatives and ended up a martyr, but one can argue the king was right. There's no doubt that Thomas switched loyalties from his king to his Savior. The medieval crisis of Church and State presaged Henry VIII’s wresting control 400 years later.

Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral. He was Henry II’s best friend, but they clashed when the king tried to apply secular law to the clergy who had long been above it. Becket upheld the Church’s private court system, a giant row ensued, the king wanted to be rid of him, and Becket ended up murdered and a martyr. But one can argue the king was right politically, though his inciting murder certainly wasn’t; the medieval clash of Church and State presaged Henry VIII’s wresting control of the Church 400 years later, as well as Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation” between them.

Collect of the Day: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1170

O God, our strength and our salvation, you called your servant Thomas Becket to be a shepherd of your people and a defender of your Church: Keep your household from all evil and raise up among us faithful pastors and leaders who are wise in the ways of the Gospel; through Jesus Christ the shepherd of our souls, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Thursday Morning Prayer List

In Places of War, Political Unrest & Violence
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, México, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, Yemen

For peace in these nations
For peacemakers and military personnel
For civilians in danger zones
For first responders and emergency workers

Please add your own intercessions, supplications and thanksgivings here.

Prayer for Mission

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 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.

God’s blessing be with us,
Christ’s peace be with us,
the Spirit’s outpouring be with us,
now and always. Amen.++

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Evening Prayer 12.8.16, Richard Baxter, Pastor & Writer, 1691

He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.

The Rev. John Floberg with a wind-battered Episcopal Church flag at Standing Rock Indian Reservation Monday, the day after the U.S. Government refused to issue easements needed to complete a large oil pipeline a mile from the reservation. Fr. Floberg, the supervising priest in the North Dakota portion of the reservation where 7 months of anti-pipline demonstrations have taken place, is also a member of TEC’s national Executive Council, and has become the voice of the Church during the pipeline controversy. He is one of many responsible for a tremendous victory by indigenous peoples the world over who united to back Standing Rock’s cause. (The Rev. Lauren R. Stanley)

The Rev. John Floberg with a wind-battered Episcopal Church flag at Standing Rock Indian Reservation Monday, the day after the U.S. Government refused to issue easements needed to complete a large oil pipeline a mile from the reservation. Fr. Floberg, the supervising priest in the North Dakota portion of the reservation where 7 months of anti-pipline demonstrations have taken place, is also a member of TEC’s national Executive Council, and has become the voice of the Church during the pipeline controversy. He is one of many responsible for a tremendous victory by indigenous peoples the world over who united to back Standing Rock’s cause. (The Rev. Lauren R. Stanley)

Watch, for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning, lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. Mark 13:35-36

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: Light of the World
Phos hilaron

Light of the world in grace and beauty,
Mirror of God’s eternal face,
Transparent flame of love’s free duty,
You bring salvation to our race.
Now, as we see the lights of evening,
We raise our voice in hymns of praise;
Worthy are you of endless blessing,
Sun of our night, lamp of our days.

Psalm 37:19-42

19  The LORD cares for the lives of the godly, *
and their inheritance shall last for ever.
20  They shall not be ashamed in bad times, *
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
21  As for the wicked, they shall perish, *
and the enemies of the LORD, like the glory of the meadows, shall vanish;
they shall vanish like smoke.
22  The wicked borrow and do not repay, *
but the righteous are generous in giving.
23  Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land, *
but those who are cursed shall be destroyed.
24  Our steps are directed by the LORD; *
those in whose way God delights, God strengthens.
25  If they stumble, they shall not fall headlong, *
for the LORD holds them by the hand.
26  I have been young and now I am old, *
but never have I seen the righteous forsaken,
or their children begging bread.
27  The righteous are always generous in their lending, *
and their children shall be a blessing.
28  Turn from evil, and do good, *
and dwell in the land for ever.
29  For the LORD loves justice; *
and does not forsake the faithful.
30  They shall be kept safe for ever, *
but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
31  The righteous shall possess the land *
and dwell in it for ever.
32  The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
and their tongue speaks what is right.
33  The law of their God is in their heart, *
and their footsteps shall not falter.
34  The wicked spy on the righteous *
and seek occasion to kill them.
35  The LORD will not abandon them to their hand, *
nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
36  Wait upon the LORD and keep God’s way; *
the LORD will raise you up to possess the land,
and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
37  I have seen the wicked in their arrogance, *
flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
38  I went by, and behold, they were not there; *
I searched for them, but they could not be found.
39  Mark those who are honest;
observe the upright; *
for there is a future for the peaceable.
40  Transgressors shall be destroyed, one and all; *
the future of the wicked is cut off.
41  But the deliverance of the righteous comes from the LORD; *
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
42  The LORD will help them and rescue them; *
the LORD will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them,
because in the LORD they seek refuge.

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 Cenacle on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, reputed to be the "upper room" and site of the Last Supper, and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

The Cenacle on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, reputed to be the “upper room” and site of the Last Supper, and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

THE LESSON
Luke 22:1-13 (NRSV)

Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.” They asked him, “Where do you want us to make preparations for it?” “Listen,” he said to them, “when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters and say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher asks you, “Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘ He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.” So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

Canticle: The Song of Mary
Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in you, O God my Savior, *
for you have looked with favor on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
you, the Almighty, have done great things for me,
and holy is your Name.
You have mercy on those who fear you *
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm, *
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones, *
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things, *
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel, *
for you have remembered your promise of mercy,
The promise made to our forebears, *
to Abraham and his children for 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 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.

Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us by your Holy Spirit.

Richard Baxter spent time in prison as a Nonconformist after his service with Cromwell’s army; he was both a leading light of the Puritan faith and someone who wasn’t easily pigeonholed, a Presbyterian who did not want to separate from the Church of England. That dream ended when Charles II tried to make him a bishop, because Baxter didn’t believe in episcopal governance. He thought the presbyterate should hold the apostolic authority collectively. At the same time, his theology of justification and sanctification included a righteousness of works, which is not the strict Protestant position. He didn’t fit in anywhere in the either/or dualities of the time. Persecuted increasingly by both sides, he suffered greatly yet did some of his finest writing; long known as a convincing preacher, he was also an effective minister over a range of pastoral duties. His most famous book, The Reformed Pastor, distilled what he learned over 20 years at St. Mary & All Saints’, Kidderminster.

Richard Baxter spent time in prison as a Nonconformist after his service with Cromwell’s army; he was both a leading light of the Puritan faith and someone who wasn’t easily pigeonholed, a Presbyterian who did not want to separate from the Church of England. That dream ended when Charles II tried to make him a bishop, which Baxter refused because he didn’t believe in episcopal governance. Instead he thought the presbyterate should hold the apostolic authority collectively – that all the priests together constitute the bishop. At the same time, his theology of justification and sanctification included a righteousness of works, which is not the strict Protestant position; he didn’t fit in the either/or dualities of the time. Persecuted increasingly by both sides, he suffered greatly, yet did some of his finest writing; long known as a convincing preacher, he was also an effective minister over a range of pastoral duties. His most famous book, The Reformed Pastor, distilled what he learned over 20 years at St. Mary & All Saints’, Kidderminster.

Collect of the Day: Richard Baxter, Pastor and Writer, 1691

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the devoted witness of Richard Baxter, who out of love for you followed his conscience at cost to himself, and at all times rejoiced to sing your praises in word and deed; and we pray that our lives, like his, may be well-tuned to sing the songs of love, and all our days be filled with praise of Jesus Christ our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for the Presence of Christ

Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.

Thursday Evening Prayer List

For Sobriety & Recovery
A friend
A family

For Mental Health & Family Peace
Adam
Scotty
Mark

For Those with Addictions

O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion on all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen.

For Those with Mental Illness
alt. Dinah Danby

O heavenly Father, we beseech you to have mercy upon all your children who are living with mental illness. Give them loving and supportive families and friends, and bless their caregivers with wisdom and compassion. Restore them to strength of mind and cheerfulness of spirit, and give them health and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Mission of the Church

Almighty God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to yourself: We praise and bless you for those whom you have sent in the power of the Spirit to preach the Gospel to all nations. We thank you that in all parts of the earth a community of love has been gathered together by their prayers and labors, and that in every place your servants call upon your Name; for the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours for ever. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. 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++

VIDEO: Gabriel to Mary Came (Angelus ad Virgenem, Irish; Latin, 13th-14th C., tr. W.A. Pickard-Cambridge) – Hyde Park United Methodist, 2011

Evening Prayer 12.6.16, Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 342

And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to Jesus in the temple.

Veterans marching in the snow to Backwater Bridge near Standing Rock Indian Reservation Monday, a day after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it would not issue permits to complete a giant oil pipeline opposed by the Lakota Sioux tribe. The veterans’ arrival, hundreds strong, was credited by many with tipping the balance toward accomodation, after months of protests and increasing violence by police and heavily armed private security. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Veterans marching in the snow to Backwater Bridge near Standing Rock Indian Reservation Monday, a day after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it would not issue permits to complete a giant oil pipeline opposed by the Lakota Sioux tribe. The veterans’ arrival, hundreds strong, was credited by many with tipping the balance toward accomodation, after months of protests and increasing violence by police and heavily armed private security. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. Isaiah 40:5

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: Light of the World

Light of the world in grace and beauty,
Mirror of God’s eternal face,
Transparent flame of love’s free duty,
You bring salvation to our race.
Now, as we see the lights of evening,
We raise our voice in hymns of praise;
Worthy are you of endless blessing,
Sun of our night, lamp of our days.

Psalm 36

1  There is a voice of rebellion deep in the heart of the wicked; *
there is no fear of God before their eyes.
2  They flatter themselves in their own eyes *
that their hateful sin will not be found out.
3  The words of their mouth are wicked and deceitful; *
they have left off acting wisely and doing good.
4  They think up wickedness upon their beds
and have set themselves in no good way; *
they do not abhor that which is evil.
5  Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, *
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
6  Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep; *
you save humans and beasts alike, O LORD.
7  How priceless is your love, O God! *
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
8  They feast upon the abundance of your house; *
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9  For with you is the well of life, *
and in your light we see light.
10  Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, *
and your favor to those who are true of heart.
11  Let not the foot of the proud come near me, *
nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.
12  See how they are fallen, those who work wickedness! *
they are cast down and shall not be able to rise.

Psalm 39

1  I said, “I will keep watch upon my ways, *
so that I do not offend with my tongue.
2  I will put a muzzle on my mouth *
while the wicked are in my presence.”
3  So I held my tongue and said nothing; *
I refrained from rash words;
but my pain became unbearable.
4  My heart was hot within me;
while I pondered, the fire burst into flame; *
I spoke out with my tongue:
5  LORD, let me know my end and the number of my days, *
so that I may know how short my life is.
6  You have given me a mere handful of days,
and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight; *
truly, even those who stand erect are but a puff of wind.
7  We walk about like a shadow,
and in vain we are in turmoil; *
we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.
8  And now, what is my hope? *
O Lord, my hope is in you.
9  Deliver me from all my transgressions *
and do not make me the taunt of the fool.
10  I fell silent and did not open my mouth, *
for surely it was you that did it.
11  Take your affliction from me; *
I am worn down by the blows of your hand.
12  With rebukes for sin you punish us;
like a moth you eat away all that is dear to us; *
truly, everyone is but a puff of wind.
13  Hear my prayer, O LORD,
and give ear to my cry; *
hold not your peace at my tears.
14  For I am but a sojourner with you, *
a wayfarer, as all my ancestors were.
15  Turn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again, *
before I go my way and am no more.

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 LESSON
Luke 21:29-38 (NRSV)

Then Jesus told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called. And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.

Canticle: The Song of Mary
Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in you, O God my Savior, *
for you have looked with favor on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
you, the Almighty, have done great things for me,
and holy is your Name.
You have mercy on those who fear you *
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm, *
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones, *
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things, *
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel, *
for you have remembered your promise of mercy,
The promise made to our forebears, *
to Abraham and his children for 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.

Members of the St. Nicholas Choir for children lined up before the 10 o’clock Eucharist last Sunday at Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, Arizona. (via Twitter)

Members of the St. Nicholas Children’s Choir lined up before the 10 o’clock Eucharist last year at Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix, Arizona. (via Twitter)

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.

The Rev. Tobias S. Haller, BSG, based on Nathanael Deward: St. Nicholas. He was born in Asia Minor, present-day Turkey, then part of the Roman Empire but Greek in culture. He was the only son of wealthy Christian parents and was very religious at an early age. Tonsured young and then ordained, he joined an early monastery where they lived in a few caves. After a few years he returned and was named Bishop of Myra. He attended the Council of Nicaea, was strongly against Arianism, and signed the Creed. After his death he was greatly esteemed for his intercessory power, and began to be called Nicholas the Wonderworker. Further legends grew, he was endowed with a penchant for secret gift-giving, and once he hit the Capitalist Paradise he turned into Santa Claus, made countless public appearances and scores of motion pictures, though after a century of cinema he has only won the Academy Award once – as Edmund Gwenn in “Miracle on 34th Street.”

The Rev. Tobias S. Haller, BSG, based on Nathanael Deward: St. Nicholas. He was born in Asia Minor, present-day Turkey, then part of the Roman Empire but Greek in culture. He was the only son of wealthy Christian parents and was very religious at an early age. Tonsured young and then ordained, he joined an early monastery where they lived in caves. After a few years he returned and was named Bishop of Myra. He attended the Council of Nicaea, was strongly against Arianism, and signed the Creed. After his death he was greatly esteemed for his intercessory power, and began to be called Nicholas the Wonderworker. Further legends grew, he was endowed with a penchant for secret gift-giving, and once he hit the Capitalist Paradise he turned into Santa Claus, made countless public appearances and scores of motion pictures, though after a century of cinema he has only won the Academy Award once – for Edmund Gwenn in “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Collect of the Day: Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 342

Almighty God, in your love you gave your servant Nicholas of Myra a perpetual name for deeds of kindness both on land and sea: Grant, we pray, that your Church may never cease to work for the happiness of children, the safety of sailors, the relief of the poor, and the help of those tossed by tempests of doubt or grief; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Aid against Perils

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Tuesday Evening Prayer List

For the Departed
Keith, Yvonne’s brother
Yvonne’s aunt
Frank

For Those Who Mourn
Yvonne & family

Please add your own prayers here.

Prayer for Mission

O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the Spirit of love, that in companionship with one another your abounding grace may increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

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Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.++

VIDEO: Gabriel to Mary came (#63, Angelus ad Virgenem, Irish carol; Latin, 14th C., trans. John Macleod Campbell Crum) – Choir of Hyde Park United Methodist, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2011

Video Evensong 12.2.16, Channing Moore Williams, Missionary Bishop to China & Japan, 1910

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Our service tonight was quiet and peaceful; a highlight was seven women sharing the reading of a prayer. Click here.

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

VIDEO: O come, O come, Emmanuel (#56, Veni, veni, Emmanuel, plainsong, Mode 1, Processionale, 15th C., adapt. Thomas Helmore; Latin, c. 9th C.) – The Piano Guys, 2012

The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. Isaiah 40:5

GENERAL CONFESSION

God of all mercy,
we confess that we have sinned against you,
opposing your will in our lives.
We have denied your goodness in each other,
in ourselves, and in the world you have created.
We repent of the evil that enslaves us,
the evil we have done,
and the evil done on our behalf.
Forgive, restore, and strengthen us
through our Savior Jesus Christ,
that we may abide in your love
and serve only your will. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.

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.

VIDEO: Hail, gladdening light (Hannah Glavor) – The Illumination Project, Portland, Oregon, 2013

Hymn: O Gracious Light
Phos hilaron

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.

VIDEO: Psalm 22 – Granger Community U.M. Church, Granger, Indiana, 2009

Psalm 22

1  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
and are so far from my cry
and from the words of my distress?
2  O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
by night as well, but I find no rest.
3  Yet you are the Holy One, *
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
4  Our ancestors put their trust in you; *
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5  They cried out to you and were delivered; *
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
6  But as for me, I am a worm and not a man, *
scorned by all and despised by the people.
7  All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
8  “He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him; *
let him rescue him, if he delights in him.”
9  Yet you are the one who took me out of the womb, *
and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.
10  I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
you were my God when I was still in my mother’s womb.
11  Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
and there is none to help.
12  Many young bulls encircle me; *
strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
13  They open wide their jaws at me, *
like a ravening and a roaring lion.
14  I am poured out like water;
all my bones are out of joint; *
my heart within my breast is melting wax.
15  My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd;
my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *
and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
16  Packs of dogs close me in,
and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *
they pierce my hands and my feet;
I can count all my bones.
17  They stare and gloat over me; *
they divide my garments among them;
they cast lots for my clothing.
18  Be not far away, O LORD; *
you are my strength; hasten to help me.
19  Save me from the sword, *
my life from the power of the dog.
20  Save me from the lion’s mouth, *
my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.
21  I will declare your Name to the community; *
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.

22  Praise the LORD, you that are God-fearing; *
stand in awe of the LORD, O offspring of Israel;
all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.
23  For the LORD does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
neither is the LORD’s face hidden from them; *
but when they cry out, the LORD hears them.
24  My praise is of God in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship the LORD.
25  The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
and those who seek the LORD shall give praise: *
“May your heart live for ever!”
26  All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to God, *
and all the families of the nations bow before the LORD.
27  For sovereignty belongs to the LORD, *
who rules over the nations.
28  To the LORD alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before the LORD.
29  My soul shall live for God;
my descendants shall serve the LORD; *
they shall be known as the LORD’s for ever.
30  They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that God has done.

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.

Liz Lemon Swindle: The Widow’s Mite

Liz Lemon Swindle: The Widow’s Mite

THE LESSON
Luke 20:41 – 21:4 (NRSV)

Then Jesus said to them, “How can they say that the Messiah is David’s son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”‘ David thus calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?” In the hearing of all the people he said to the disciples, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

VIDEO: Nunc dimittis (David Hogan) – Orlando Deanery Choirs, Florida, 2013

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

VIDEO: Apostles’ Creed (What do you believe) – ZOEseries, 2006

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

VIDEO: Lord’s Prayer – Igniter Media, 2014

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.

Entrance to the Bishop Williams Theological Seminary in Kyoto, Japan, 2013. An American missionary bishop, he was instrumental in uniting the existing missions for British and American nationals into one indigenous Holy Catholic Church of Japan, Nippon Sei Ko Kai. (The Rev. Richard Edward Helmer, BSG)

Entrance to the Bishop Williams Theological Seminary in Kyoto, Japan, 2013. An American missionary bishop, he was instrumental in uniting the existing missions for British and American nationals into one indigenous Holy Catholic Church of Japan, Nippon Sei Ko Kai. (The Rev. Richard Edward Helmer, BSG)

Collect of the Day: Channing Moore Williams, Missionary Bishop in China and Japan, 1910

Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you for your servant Channing Moore Williams, whom you called to preach the Gospel to the people of China and Japan. Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 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.

16 Days of Activism Against Domestic Violence

16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

A Prayer on Gender Violence
By the Rev. Terri C. Pilarski

For the speechless tongues of those oppressed
For weak hands, feeble knees, widowed, spirits
Made lame, we pray

For those orphaned from war, violence, fear
Parentless children, silent, stifled cries.
For the hungry, we pray

For wives, beaten, abused, trampled, shot
Spirits abandoned, imprisoned by fear.
For Women, we pray

In the dry land of desert wilderness, parched
Stranded spirit, a deer that cannot leap.
For the Broken, we pray

Blessed are those whose help is God
Happy are those whose hope is God, for the
Good News, we pray

For the Good News of God, born human, who
Comes to live and love us, as us, be glad, rejoice,
Singing, we pray

For hope, like blooming flowers in a dusty desert
For hope, compassion bursting forth, be strong!
God is with us.

Friday Evening Prayer List: For the Church

For Our Candidates for Ordination to the Diaconate
Maria L. Evans, Diocese of Missouri
Leslie Scoopmire, Diocese of Missouri
Teresa Wakeen, Diocese of Michigan

For Our Postulants for Ordination to the Diaconate
Hilary Greene, Diocese of Massachusetts

For our Seminarians
Shanna, Church Divinity School of the Pacific

For Christians in the Middle East
Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Israel and Palestine

For the Anglican Communion;
For Ecumenical Partners;
For Church Unity

Primates of the Anglican Communion
Stephen Than Myint Oo, Myanmar
Nicholas Okoh, Nigeria
Philip Marandih, North India
Sammy Azariah, Pakistan
Clyde Igara, Papua New Guinea

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.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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: The King shall come when morning dawns (#73, Michael Linton; Greek, tr. John Brownlie) – Wheaton College Choirs and Symphony Orchestra, dir. Mary Hopper, 2008

Evening Prayer 11.15.16, Francis Asbury & George Whitehead, Methodist Evangelists, 1816, 1770

If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive.

Coptic Christians in Egypt are increasingly restive under the Sisi government, as longstanding discrimination continues, along with violence and high unemployment. These signs at a recent demonstration say, “Our demands are not just for Christians but for all Egyptians.” (Nariman el-Mafti/Associated Press)

Coptic Christians in Egypt are increasingly restive under the Sisi government, as longstanding discrimination continues, along with violence and high unemployment. These signs at a recent demonstration say, “Our demands are not just for Christians but for all Egyptians.” (Nariman el-Mafti/Associated Press)

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

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: Light of the World

Light of the world in grace and beauty,
Mirror of God’s eternal face,
Transparent flame of love’s free duty,
You bring salvation to our race.
Now, as we see the lights of evening,
We raise our voice in hymns of praise;
Worthy are you of endless blessing,
Sun of our night, lamp of our days.

Psalm 94

1  O LORD God of vengeance, *
O God of vengeance, show yourself.
2  Rise up, O Judge of the world; *
give the arrogant their just deserts.
3  How long shall the wicked, O LORD, *
how long shall the wicked triumph?
4  They bluster in their insolence; *
all evildoers are full of boasting.
5  They crush your people, O LORD, *
and afflict your chosen nation.
6  They murder the widow and the stranger *
and put the orphans to death.
7  Yet they say, “The LORD does not see, *
the God of Jacob takes no notice.”
8  Consider well, you dullards among the people; *
when will you fools understand?
9  Does the One who planted the ear not hear? *
does the One who formed the eye not see?
10  Does the One who admonishes the nations not punish? *
does the One who teaches all the world have no knowledge?
11  The LORD knows our human thoughts; *
how like a puff of wind they are.
12  Happy are they whom you instruct, O Lord! *
whom you teach out of your law;
13  To give them rest in evil days, *
until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14  For you, O LORD, will not abandon your people, *
nor will you forsake your own.
15  For judgment will again be just, *
and all the true of heart will follow it.
16  Who rose up for me against the wicked? *
who took my part against the evildoers?
17  If the LORD had not come to my help, *
I should soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
18  As often as I said, “My foot has slipped,” *
your love, O LORD, upheld me.
19  When many cares fill my mind, *
your consolations cheer my soul.
20  Can a corrupt tribunal have any part with you, *
one which frames evil into law?
21  They conspire against the life of the just *
and condemn the innocent to death.
22  But the LORD has become my stronghold, *
and my God the rock of my trust.
23  The LORD will turn their wickedness back upon them
and destroy them in their own malice; *
the LORD our God will destroy them.

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.

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THE LESSON
Luke 17:1-10 (NRSV)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.”

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

“Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'”

Canticle: The Song of Mary
Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in you, O God my Savior, *
for you have looked with favor on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
you, the Almighty, have done great things for me,
and holy is your Name.
You have mercy on those who fear you *
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm, *
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones, *
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things, *
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel, *
for you have remembered your promise of mercy,
The promise made to our forebears, *
to Abraham and his children for 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 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.

Cross-eyed George Whitefield’s powerful preaching sparked the Great Awakening in 1740. He preached to thousands (and employed a rudimentary publicity team of advance men with handbills) in the American colonies, riding from New York to Charleston on horseback, almost 800 miles. He owned slaves on a plantation in Georgia and explained it away by quoting Scriptures. His “lazy eye” was no hindrance; people thought crossed eyes signified a special spiritual blessing from God.

Cross-eyed George Whitefield’s powerful preaching sparked a historic religious revival called the Great Awakening in 1740. He preached to thousands (and employed a rudimentary publicity team of advance men with handbills) in the American colonies, riding from New York to Charleston on horseback, almost 800 miles. He owned slaves on a plantation in Georgia and explained it away by quoting Scriptures. His “lazy eye” was no hindrance; people thought crossed eyes were a special spiritual blessing from God.

Collect of the Day: Francis Asbury and George Whitefield, Evangelists, 1816, 1770

Holy God, you inspired Francis Asbury and George Whitefield with evangelical zeal through their faithful proclamation of the Gospel: Inspire us, we pray, by your Holy Spirit, that we, like them, may be eager to share your Good News and lead many to Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Aid against Perils

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Tuesday Evening Prayer List

For the Departed
Keith, Yvonne’s brother
Yvonne’s Aunt Phyllis
Frank

For Those Who Mourn
Yvonne & family

Please add your own prayers here.

Prayer for Mission

O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the Spirit of love, that in companionship with one another your abounding grace may increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.++

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Morning Prayer 11.15.16, Francis Asbury & George Whitehead, Evangelists, 1816, 1770

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Every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Colombian leaders announced a new peace deal in Havana on Friday, which they hope will answer voters’ rejection of the previous one, which sought to end a 52-year-long civil war with FARC rebels. Some voters said the previous agreement was too lenient with the rebels, giving them amnesty and automatic seats in Parliament – but it was also undermined by anti-Gay Roman Catholics and Pentecostals seeking to topple the government. (Desmond Boylan/Associated Press)

Colombian leaders announced a new peace deal in Havana on Friday, which they hope will answer voters’ rejection of the previous one, which sought to end a 52-year-long civil war with FARC rebels. Some voters said the previous agreement was too lenient with the rebels, giving them amnesty and automatic seats in Parliament – but it was also undermined by anti-Gay Roman Catholics and Pentecostals seeking to topple the government. (Desmond Boylan/Associated Press)

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
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 97

1  The LORD is Sovereign;
let the earth rejoice; *
let the multitude of the isles be glad.
2  Clouds and darkness are round about you, *
righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne.
3  A fire goes before you *
and burns up your enemies on every side.
4  Your lightnings light up the world; *
the earth sees it and is afraid.
5  The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, *
at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6  The heavens declare your righteousness, O LORD, *
and all the peoples see your glory.
7  Confounded be all who worship carved images
and delight in false gods! *
Bow down before the LORD, all you gods.
8  Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
because of your judgments, O LORD.
9  For you are the LORD,
most high over all the earth; *
you are exalted far above all gods.
10  The LORD loves those who hate evil; *
the LORD preserves the lives of the faithful
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11  Light has sprung up for the righteous, *
and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.
12  Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, *
and to the holy Name of the LORD give your praise.

Psalm 99

1  The LORD is Sovereign;
let the people tremble; *
the LORD is enthroned upon the cherubim;
let the earth shake.
2  The LORD is great in Zion; *
and is high above all peoples.
3  Let them confess the Name of the LORD,
which is great and awesome; *
the LORD is the Holy One.
4  “O mighty Sovereign, lover of justice,
you have established equity; *
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”
5  Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God, *
and fall down before the footstool of the Holy One.
6  Moses and Aaron among your priests,
and Samuel among those who call upon your Name, *
they called upon the LORD, and you answered them.
7  You spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
they kept your testimonies and the decree that you gave them.
8  O LORD our God, you answered them indeed; *
you were a God who forgave them,
yet punished them for their evil deeds.
9  Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God
and worship him upon God’s holy hill; *
for the LORD our God is the Holy One.

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.

Donatello: The Prophet Habbakuk, at the Duomo in Florence.

Donatello: The Prophet Habbakuk, at the Duomo in Florence.

THE LESSONS
Habakkuk 3:1-10, 16-18 (NRSV)

A prayer of the prophet Habakkuk according to Shigionoth.

O LORD, I have heard of your renown, and I stand in awe, O LORD, of your work. In our own time revive it; in our own time make it known; in wrath may you remember mercy.

God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. The brightness was like the sun; rays came forth from his hand, where his power lay hidden. Before him went pestilence, and plague followed close behind. He stopped and shook the earth; he looked and made the nations tremble. The eternal mountains were shattered; along his ancient pathways the everlasting hills sank low. I saw the tents of Cushan under affliction; the tent-curtains of the land of Midian trembled. Was your wrath against the rivers, O LORD? Or your anger against the rivers, or your rage against the sea, when you drove your horses, your chariots to victory? You brandished your naked bow, sated were the arrows at your command. You split the earth with rivers. The mountains saw you, and writhed; a torrent of water swept by; the deep gave forth its voice.

I hear, and I tremble within; my lips quiver at the sound. Rottenness enters into my bones, and my steps tremble beneath me. I wait quietly for the day of calamity to come upon the people who attack us. Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will exult in the God of my salvation.

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.

James 3:1-12 (NRSV)

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.

How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.

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 17:1-10 (NRSV)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.”

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

“Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'”

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.

Francis Asbury, a circuit-riding preacher, was the only Methodist minister to remain in the 13 colonies when the War of Independence broke out in 1776. Later he became the first Methodist bishop in the U.S.A.

Francis Asbury, an English-born, circuit-riding preacher, was the only Methodist minister to remain in the 13 colonies when the War of Independence broke out in 1776. Later he became the first Methodist bishop in the U.S.A.

Collect of the Day: Francis Asbury and George Whitefield, Evangelists, 1816, 1770

Holy God, you inspired Francis Asbury and George Whitefield with evangelical zeal through their faithful proclamation of the Gospel: Inspire us, we pray, by your Holy Spirit, that we, like them, may be eager to share your Good News and lead many to Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

TheyHaveNames

3 More U.S. Soldiers Killed in War Last Week
They Have Names, compiled since 2007 by Clint Gilliland

Total War Deaths: 8,358

Iraq Total Deaths: 4,831
MURRAY, Jr., Ronald L., 23, Specialist, US Army, Bowie, MD, 1st Armored Division

No photo is available of this soldier.

No photo is available of Specialist Ronald L. Murray Jr., who was killed in a non-combat incident in Kuwait last Thursday. He was deployed in fire support as part of the battle against the Islamic State and was killed in a vehicle accident. “He was an outstanding soldier with an infectious smile, and sense of humor that would brighten any room,” Col. Robert E. Lee Magee, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, said in a statement.

Afghanistan Total Deaths: 3,525
PERRY, John W.
, 30, SGT, US Army, Stockton, CA, 1st Cavalry Division
IUBELT, Tyler R.
, 20, PFC, US Army, Tamaroa, IL, 1st Cavalry Division

Sgt. Perry enlisted in 2008 as a test, measurement and diagnostic equipment maintenance support specialist. He deployed to Afghanistan from August 2010 to July 2011 before deploying again in September of this year. (U.S. Army)

Sgt. John W. Perry enlisted in 2008 as a test, measurement and diagnostic equipment maintenance support specialist. He deployed to Afghanistan from August 2010 to July 2011 before deploying again in September of this year.

Iubelt, a motor transport operator, enlisted less than a year ago, on Nov. 23, 2015. His awards and decorations include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Army Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge.

Pfc. Tyler Iubelt, a motor transport operator, enlisted less than a year ago, on Nov. 23, 2015. His awards and decorations include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Army Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge.

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++

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