Light a Candle, Pray for the Nation

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For U.S. Election Day 2016
By Josh Thomas

Holy God, we ask your blessing on the election of a new President and Congress of the United States. This is such a divisive year, with very different visions offered by the candidates, with a background of war in many nations and the reality of violence at home. The results of our choices will resound throughout the world. Bless the candidates and voters; make all of us responsible for our actions; give us a clear result and a humble acceptance of the outcome, that peace and justice may prevail in this and every nation; through Jesus Christ, who came to save us from discord and violence and lead us to your heavenly home. Amen.

For Our Country

Almighty God, you have given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech you that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in your name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness; and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in you to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the President of the United States and all in Civil Authority

O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to your merciful care, that, being guided by your Providence, we may dwell secure in your peace. Grant to Barack, the President of the United States, to Donald, the President-Elect, the Governors of the States and Commonwealths, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do your will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in your fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

For Congress

O God, the fountain of wisdom, whose will is good and gracious, and whose law is truth: We beseech you so to guide and bless our Senators and Representatives in Congress, that they may enact such laws as please you, to the glory of your Name and the welfare of this people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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For Those who Influence Public Opinion

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

For Human Diversity

O, God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In Brownsburg, Indiana, members of Church of the Good Samaritan gathered at the town hall last night to pray for country. (parish photo)

In Brownsburg, Indiana, members of Church of the Good Samaritan gathered at the town hall last night to pray for country. (parish photo)

For Social Justice

Almighty God, who created us in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

In Times of Conflict

O God, you have bound us together in a common life: Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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For the Future of the Human Race

O God our heavenly Father, you have blessed us and given us dominion over all the earth: Increase our reverence before the mystery of life; and give us new insight into your purposes for the human race, and new wisdom and determination in making provision for its future in accordance with your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Peace

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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++

Naje Gibson voting early at North Carolina Central University. (Washington Post)

Naje Gibson voting early at North Carolina Central University. (Washington Post)

Evening Prayer 4.19.16, Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury & Martyr, 1012

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.

Jill and Bruce, two of our webcasters, met for the first time yesterday at a Starbucks in Beloit, Wisconsin, bringing joy to our webcast community – where people get to know each other very well but seldom get to meet. Bruce, one of our best lectors, traveled from Southern California with his son, who’s likely to enroll at Beloit College in September. Jill is originally from Beloit, now lives in Milwaukee and traveled back to her hometown; while she was there she also met up with a friend she knew from kindergarten through high school, but hadn’t seen in many years. Bottom line: Morning Prayer together, live and online, is real church.

Jill and Bruce, two of our webcasters, met for the first time yesterday at a Starbucks in Beloit, Wisconsin, bringing joy to our continent-wide community – where people get to know each other very well but seldom get to meet. Bruce, known as one of our best lectors, traveled from Southern California with his son, who’s likely to enroll at Beloit College in September. Jill is originally from the Beloit area, now lives in Milwaukee and traveled back to her hometown; while she was there she also met up with a friend she knew all through school, but hadn’t seen in decades. Bottom line: Morning Prayer together, live and online, is real church.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

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 47

1  Clap your hands, all you peoples; *
shout to God with a cry of joy.
2  For the LORD Most High is to be feared; *
the great Sovereign over all the earth.
3  The LORD subdues the peoples under us, *
and the nations under our feet.
4  The LORD chooses our inheritance for us, *
the pride of the beloved Jacob.
5  God has gone up with a shout, *
the LORD with the sound of the ram’s-horn.
6  Sing praises to God, sing praises; *
sing praises to our Sovereign, sing praises.
7  For God is Sovereign of all the earth; *
sing praises with all your skill.
8  God reigns over the nations; *
God sits upon heaven’s holy throne.
9  The nobles of the peoples have gathered together *
with the people of the God of Abraham.
10  The rulers of the earth belong to God, *
and God is highly exalted.

Psalm 48

1  Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised; *
in the city of our God is the LORD’s holy hill.
2  Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the hill of Zion, *
the city of the great Sovereign and the very center of the world.
3  God is in the citadels of Zion; *
God is known to be its sure refuge.
4  Behold, the rulers of the earth assembled *
and marched forward together.
5  They looked and were astounded; *
they retreated and fled in terror.
6  Trembling seized them there; *
they writhed like a woman in childbirth,
like ships of the sea when the east wind shatters them.
7  As we have heard, so have we seen,
in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God; *
God has established it for ever.
8  We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O God, *
in the midst of your temple.
9  Your praise, like your Name, O God, reaches to the world’s end; *
your right hand is full of justice.
10  Let Mount Zion be glad
and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
because of your judgments.
11  Make the circuit of Zion;
walk round about it; *
count the number of its towers.
12  Consider well its bulwarks;
examine its strongholds; *
that you may tell those who come after.
13  This God is our God for ever and ever; *
God shall be our guide for evermore.

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
Matthew 5:11-16 (NRSV)

Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

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.

Alphege became a monk at an early age, then abbot at Bath Abbey. He was elected Bishop of Winchester and had an organ built that was so big it took 24 men to operate and could be heard a mile away. In 994, Viking raider Olaf Tryggvason invaded, took tribute and somehow became a Christian, vowing never to pillage England again. But a few years later other Danes set siege, sacked Canterbury, took Alphege hostage and killed him when he refused to let the English be plundered further. (source unknown)

Alphege became a monk at an early age, then abbot at Bath Abbey. He was elected Bishop of Winchester and had an organ built that was so big it took 24 men to operate and could be heard a mile away. In 994, Viking raider Olaf Tryggvason invaded, took tribute and somehow became a Christian, vowing never to pillage England again. But a few years later other Danes set siege, sacked Canterbury, took Alphege hostage and killed him when he refused to let the English be plundered further. (source unknown)

Collect of the Day: Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Martyr, 1012

O loving God, whose martyr bishop Alphege of Canterbury suffered violent death when he refused to permit a ransom to be extorted from his people: Grant that all pastors of your flock may pattern themselves on the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life for the sheep; and who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, 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
Mary Kelsey
The Rev. Lauren Gough
Talma DeLong

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

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: Before the Lord’s eternal throne (#391, Winchester New, German, 1690; Isaac Watts, para. Psalm 100) – St. Bartholomew’s, New York, 2011, video by Joseph Soltero

Evening Prayer 3.23.16, Wednesday in Holy Week

He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others.

Andrew Grove has died, the hard-charging head of Intel, whose dominance in computer chips packed with millions of transistors led to the rise of Silicon Valley. He was born into a Jewish family in Budapest in 1936; the Nazis forced his father into a labor camp, while he and his mother were sheltered by a Christian family under assumed names. After liberation from the Nazis, he was a university student in 1956 when Soviet troops crushed the Hungarian uprising. He escaped to America and got a Ph.D. from the University of California, despite being penniless, not knowing English and being functionally deaf. (His hearing was eventually restored). His chips have had as much impact on the world as the harnessing of electricity, enabling the modern internet as well as what we do on this site. Above, with Microsoft’s Bill Gates in 2001, showing off then-new laptops along with an antique word processor and a DOS-era computer with information stored on floppy disks. (Jeff Christensen/Reuters)

Andrew Grove has died, the hard-charging head of Intel, whose dominance in computer chips packed with millions of transistors led to the rise of Silicon Valley. He was born into a Jewish family in Budapest in 1936; the Nazis forced his father into a labor camp, while he and his mother were sheltered by a Christian family under assumed names. After liberation from the Nazis, he was a university student in 1956 when Soviet troops crushed the Hungarian uprising. He escaped to America and got a Ph.D. from the University of California, despite being penniless, not knowing English and being functionally deaf. (His hearing was eventually restored). His chips have had as much impact on the world as the harnessing of electricity, enabling the modern internet including everything we do on this site. Above, with Microsoft’s Bill Gates in 2001, showing off then-new laptops along with an antique word processor and a DOS-era computer with data on floppy disks. (Jeff Christensen/Reuters)

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

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.

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.

Psalm 55

1  Hear my prayer, O God; *
do not hide yourself from my petition.
2  Listen to me and answer me; *
I have no peace, because of my cares.
3  I am shaken by the noise of the enemy *
and by the pressure of the wicked;
4  For they have cast an evil spell upon me *
and are set against me in fury.
5  My heart quakes within me, *
and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
6  Fear and trembling have come over me, *
and horror overwhelms me.
7  And I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! *
I would fly away and be at rest.
8  I would flee to a far-off place *
and make my lodging in the wilderness.
9  I would hasten to escape *
from the stormy wind and tempest.”
10  Swallow them up, O Lord;
confound their speech; *
for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
11  Day and night the watchmen make their rounds upon its walls, *
but trouble and misery are in the midst of it.
12  There is corruption at its heart; *
its streets are never free of oppression and deceit.
13  For had it been an adversary who taunted me,
then I could have borne it; *
or had it been enemies who vaunted themselves against me,
then I could have hidden from them.
14  But it was you, my companion, *
my own familiar friend, dear to my own heart.
15  We took sweet counsel together, *
and walked with the throng in the house of God.
16  Let death come upon them suddenly;
let them go down alive into the grave; *
for wickedness is in their dwellings, in their very midst.
17  But I will call upon God, *
and the LORD will deliver me.
18  In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday,
I will complain and lament, *
and the LORD will hear my voice.
19  God will bring me safely back from the battle waged against me; *
for there are many who fight me.
20  God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me and bring them down; *
they never change; they do not fear God.
21  My companion stretched forth a hand against a comrade; *
and broke a covenant.
22  The speech of my companion is softer than butter, *
but with war at heart.
23  The words of my comrade are smoother than oil, *
but they are drawn swords.
24  Cast your burden upon the LORD,
who will sustain you; *
the LORD will never let the righteous stumble.
25  For you will bring the bloodthirsty and deceitful *
down to the pit of destruction, O God.
26  They shall not live out half their days, *
but I will put my trust in you.

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.

Parable of the vineyard and tenants; artist unknown.

Parable of the vineyard and tenants; artist unknown.

THE LESSON
Mark 12:1-11 (NRSV)

Then Jesus began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watchtower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this scripture:

‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes’?”

Canticle: The Song of Simeon
Luke 2:29-32

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may depart this life in your faith and fear,
and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit
in the communion of all your saints,
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.

(artist unknown)

(artist unknown)

Collect of the Day: Wednesday in Holy Week

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Protection

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

A Collect for Peace

Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.

Wednesday Evening Prayer List

For Disaster Victims
Terrorist bombings in Brussels
4 nuns and 11 retirement home terrorist victims in Yemen
Drought in Southern Africa and Papua New Guinea
Refugee Crisis in the Middle East and Europe
Famine in Ethiopia and South Sudan

For Prisoners
Prisoners of ISIS & Boko Haram: #BringBackOurGirls
Victims of human trafficking
Guantanamo; political prisoners

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

For those who suffer for the sake of Conscience

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

Prayer for Mission

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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 God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.++

VIDEO: Sunset to sunrise changes now (#163, Kedron, attr. Elkanah Kelsay Dare; St. Clement of Alexandria, para. Howard Chandler Robbins) – Andrew Remillard, piano, 2015

Morning Prayer 3.10.16, Thursday in the 4th Week of Lent

Lent 4 Webcast

We had a good small group at the 7 a.m. service today; the intercessions were especially good. To watch and listen, click here.

Our 9 a.m. service had a few audio problems at first, but to watch it, go here.

On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor.

Raymond Tomlinson has died, the inventor of individualized email in 1971, back when the internet was a closely-held Pentagon project. Before email, a message could be sent from one computer to another, but the machines themselves were big bulky things people used on a time-share basis; you could send a message from Washington to Boston, or from one mainframe to the one standing next to it, but not from Jill to Bob. He modified the existing “sndmsg” protocol so that an individual message could arrive from Jill@Boston to Bob@Washington. Today 4.3 billion users worldwide send 2 billion messages per day; Ray Tomlinson was elected to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012. (Raytheon BBN Technologies)

Raymond Tomlinson has died, the inventor of individualized email in 1971, back when the internet was a closely-held Pentagon project. Before email, a message could be sent from one computer to another, but the machines themselves were big bulky things people used on a time-share basis; you could send a message from Washington to Boston, or from one mainframe to the one standing next to it, but not from Jill to Bob. He modified the existing “sndmsg” protocol so that an individual message could arrive from Jill@Boston to Bob@Washington. Today 4.3 billion users worldwide send 2 billion messages per day; churches are among the countless beneficiaries. Ray Tomlinson was elected to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012. (Raytheon BBN Technologies)

I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” Luke 15:18-19

CONFESSION OF SIN

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

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

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.

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 69:1-23, 31-38

1  Save me, O God, *
for the waters have risen up to my neck.
2  I am sinking in deep mire, *
and there is no firm ground for my feet.
3  I have come into deep waters, *
and the torrent washes over me.
4  I have grown weary with my crying;
my throat is inflamed; *
my eyes have failed from looking for my God.
5  Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head;
my lying foes who would destroy me are mighty. *
Must I then give back what I never stole?
6  O God, you know my foolishness, *
and my faults are not hidden from you.
7  Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me,
Lord GOD of hosts; *
let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me,
O God of Israel.
8  Surely, for your sake I have suffered reproach, *
and shame has covered my face.
9  I have become a stranger to my own kindred, *
an alien to my mother’s children.
10  Zeal for your house has eaten me up; *
the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.
11  I humbled myself with fasting, *
but that was turned to my reproach.
12  I put on sack-cloth also, *
and became a byword among them.
13  Those who sit at the gate murmur against me, *
and the drunkards make songs about me.
14  But as for me, this is my prayer to you, *
at the time you have set, O LORD:
15  ”In your great mercy, O God, *
answer me with your unfailing help.
16  Save me from the mire; do not let me sink; *
let me be rescued from those who hate me
and out of the deep waters.
17  Let not the torrent of waters wash over me,
neither let the deep swallow me up; *
do not let the Pit shut its mouth upon me.
18  Answer me, O LORD, for your love is kind; *
in your great compassion, turn to me.”

19  “Hide not your face from your servant; *
be swift and answer me, for I am in distress.
20  Draw near to me and redeem me; *
because of my enemies deliver me.
21  You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; *
my adversaries are all in your sight.”
22  Reproach has broken my heart, and it cannot be healed; *
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
for comforters, but I could find no one.
23  They gave me gall to eat, *
and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.

31  As for me, I am afflicted and in pain; *
your help, O God, will lift me up on high.
32  I will praise the Name of God in song; *
I will proclaim the greatness of the LORD with thanksgiving.
33  This will please the LORD more than an offering of oxen, *
more than bullocks with horns and hoofs.
34  The afflicted shall see and be glad; *
you who seek God, your heart shall live.
35  For the LORD listens to the needy, *
and does not despise those who are in prison.
36  Let the heavens and earth give praise, *
the seas and all that moves in them;
37  For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; *
they shall live there and have it in possession.
38  The servants of the LORD will inherit it, *
and those who love the Name of God will dwell therein.

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
Exodus 1:6-22 (NRSV)

Then Joseph died, and all his brothers, and that whole generation. But the Israelites were fruitful and prolific; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.

Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites, and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them.

The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.” But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live. So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?” The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall let every girl live.”

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.

1 Corinthians 12:12-26 (NRSV)

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.

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.

Mark 8:27 – 9:1 (NRSV)

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

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.

Youth group from St. John’s, Speedway, Indiana, gathered last weekend at Waycross, the diocesan camp and conference center. Some of our members know that parking lot! (Sean Sullivan)

Youth group from St. John’s, Speedway, Indiana, gathered last weekend at Waycross, the diocesan camp and conference center. Some of our members know that parking lot! (Sean Sullivan)

Collect of the Day: Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Almighty and most merciful God, drive from us all weakness of body, mind, and spirit; that, being restored to wholeness, we may with free hearts become what you intend us to be and accomplish what you want us to do; 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 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.

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, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, 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 peacekeepers 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.++

VIDEO INTERVIEW: The Importance of Choir – John Rutter, 2015

Morning Prayer 2.21.16, Second Sunday in Lent

Our new homepage for all three of our Daily Office Network sites is now live at dailyoffice.org, a big beautiful image to bring you right away into a holy experience, like setting foot inside a gorgeous church, nature scene or work of art. See it here.  Use the navigation bars in the upper right to select North America, Asia-Pacific or Español; our e-mail service will continue the same as before, but weblinks will now show that page, which will change once a day. We hope you look forward to it daily.

No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.

The Rev. Malcolm Marler, head of chaplaincy services at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham, has hit upon a new (or old) idea this Lent, setting up a table in his hospital, greeting passersby and offering Prayers to Go for anyone who asked. I think of it as a variation on Ashes to Go, a popular offering by American churches on Ash Wednesday. Malcolm set up a music player to muffle people’s voices for privacy’s sake, and served visitors, patients, staff, whoever asked for a good word. The Daily Office has a lot of ordained, lay and student chaplains in our congregation, and this photo aims to support them in their work. Besides, with that smiling dome of his, who wouldn’t stop and find out what he was up to? (Malcolm Marler on Facebook)

The Rev. Malcolm Marler, head of chaplaincy services at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham, has hit upon a new (or old) idea this Lent, setting up a table in his hospital, greeting passersby and offering Prayers to Go for anyone who asked. Think of it as a variation on Ashes to Go, a popular offering by churches on Ash Wednesday. Malcolm set up some classical music to muffle people’s voices for privacy’s sake, and served visitors, patients, staff, whoever asked for a good word. We have a lot of ordained, lay and student chaplains in our congregation, and this photo aims to support them in their work. Besides, with that smiling dome of his, who wouldn’t stop and find out what he was up to? (Malcolm Marler on Facebook)

To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, because we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by following his laws which he set before us. Daniel 9:9-10

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.

Psalm 100
Jubilate

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands;
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.

Know this: The Lord himself is God;
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Psalm 24

1  The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, *
the world and all who dwell therein.
2  For it is the LORD who founded it upon the seas *
and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
3  ”Who can ascend the hill of the LORD? *
and who can stand in God’s holy place?”
4  ”Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, *
who have not pledged themselves to falsehood,
nor sworn by what is a fraud.
5  They shall receive a blessing from the LORD *
and a just reward from the God of their salvation.”
6  Such is the generation of those who seek the LORD, *
of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
7  Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
and the glorious Sovereign shall come in.
8  ”Who is this glorious Sovereign?” *
“The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle.”
9  Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
and the glorious Sovereign shall come in.
10  “And who is this glorious Sovereign?” *
“The LORD,
the LORD of hosts is the glorious Sovereign.”

Psalm 29

1  Ascribe to the LORD, you gods, *
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due the holy Name; *
worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
3  The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;
the God of glory thunders; *
the LORD is upon the mighty waters.
4  The voice of the LORD is a powerful voice; *
the voice of the LORD is a voice of splendor.
5  The voice of the LORD breaks the cedar trees; *
the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6  The LORD makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7  The voice of the LORD splits the flames of fire;
the voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; *
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8  The voice of the LORD makes the oak trees writhe *
and strips the forests bare.
9  And in the temple of the LORD *
all are crying, “Glory!”
10  The LORD sits enthroned above the flood; *
the LORD sits enthroned as Sovereign for evermore.
11  The LORD shall give strength to the chosen people; *
the LORD shall give the people the blessing of peace.

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.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (d. 1912): Joseph, Overseer of Pharaoh's Granaries

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (d. 1912): Joseph, Overseer of Pharaoh’s Granaries

THE LESSONS
Genesis 41:14-45 (NRSV)

Then Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was hurriedly brought out of the dungeon. When he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not I; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream I was standing on the banks of the Nile; and seven cows, fat and sleek, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass. Then seven other cows came up after them, poor, very ugly, and thin. Never had I seen such ugly ones in all the land of Egypt. The thin and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows, but when they had eaten them no one would have known that they had done so, for they were still as ugly as before. Then I awoke. I fell asleep a second time and I saw in my dream seven ears of grain, full and good, growing on one stalk, and seven ears, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprouting after them; and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears. But when I told it to the magicians, there was no one who could explain it to me.”

Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s dreams are one and the same; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, as are the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind. They are seven years of famine. It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt. After them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; the famine will consume the land. The plenty will no longer be known in the land because of the famine that will follow, for it will be very grievous. And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. Now therefore let Pharaoh select a man who is discerning and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land, and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plenteous years. Let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and lay up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to befall the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”

The proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find anyone else like this one in whom is the spirit of God?” So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command; only with regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Removing his signet ring from his hand, Pharaoh put it on Joseph’s hand; he arrayed him in garments of fine linen, and put a gold chain around his neck. He had him ride in the chariot of his second-in-command; and they cried out in front of him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt. Moreover Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, as his wife. Thus Joseph gained authority over the land of Egypt.

Canticle: A Song of Repentance
Prayer of Manasseh, 1-2, 4, 6-7, 11-15

O Lord and Ruler of the hosts of heaven, *
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
and of all their righteous offspring:
You made the heavens and the earth, *
with all their vast array.
All things quake with fear at your presence; *
they tremble because of your power.
But your merciful promise is beyond all measure; *
it surpasses all that our minds can fathom.
O Lord, you are full of compassion, *
long-suffering, and abounding in mercy.
You hold back your hand; *
you do not punish as we deserve.
In your great goodness, Lord,
you have promised forgiveness to sinners, *
that they may repent of their sin and be saved.
And now, O Lord, I bend the knee of my heart, *
and make my appeal, sure of your gracious goodness.
I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, *
and I know my wickedness only too well.
Therefore I make this prayer to you: *
Forgive me, Lord, forgive me.
Do not let me perish in my sin, *
nor condemn me to the depths of the earth.
For you, O Lord, are the God of those who repent, *
and in me you will show forth your goodness.
Unworthy as I am, you will save me,
in accordance with your great mercy, *
and I will praise you without ceasing all the days of my life.
For all the powers of heaven sing your praises, *
and yours is the glory to ages of ages. Amen.

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.

Romans 6:3-14 (NRSV)

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Canticle: Song of Zechariah
Luke 1:68-79

Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel; *
you have come to your people and set them free.
You have raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of your servant David.
Through your holy prophets you promised of old
to save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.
To show mercy to our forebears, *
and to remember your holy covenant.
This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham, *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship you without fear, *
holy and righteous before you
all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way,
To give God’s people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

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 5:19-24 (NRSV)

Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes. The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.”

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 it is 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 with your Holy Spirit.

Every year o Daily Office sites promote the rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent, and we renew that call again this year. Some people like to quote an old Anglican formula about confession, “All may, some should, none must” – but as Vicar I no longer believe that, except that of course no one should ever be coerced. I believe “all should,” just as Anglicans do not apologize for offering the General Confession during ordinary worship. But they’re not the same thing; the General Confession is the Church’s admission of its collective sins, while all of us as individuals have our own offenses that we do well to acknowledge and try to amend. At any rate, Lent is the perfect time for private confession. It’s healing, not scary or embarrassing, and not just for Catholics or high-church people; the Protestant soul is equally (or even more) aware of its sinfulness and need for forgiveness. Speak to your priest or pastor; you know yourself and God knows you, but it isn’t anyone else’s business. Then come Easter you can greet the risen Lord with a clean heart. (The Rev. Amy Peden Haynie for The Daily Office)

Every year our Daily Office sites promote the rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent, and we renew that call again this year. Some people like to quote an old Anglican formula about confession, “All may, some should, none must” – but as Vicar I no longer believe that, except that of course no one should ever be coerced. I believe “all should,” just as Anglicans do not apologize for offering the General Confession during ordinary worship. But they’re not the same thing; the General Confession is the Church’s admission of its collective sins, while all of us as individuals have our own offenses to acknowledge and amend. At any rate, Lent is the perfect time for private, confidential confession. It’s healing, not scary or embarrassing, and not just for Catholics or “high church” people; the Protestant soul is equally (or even more) aware of its sinfulness and need for forgiveness. Speak to your priest or pastor; God knows and forgives our shortcomings, but they aren’t anyone else’s business. Then come Easter you can greet the risen Lord with a clean heart. (The Rev. Amy Peden Haynie for The Daily Office)

Collect of the Day: Second Sunday in Lent

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Sundays

O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; 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.

Sunday Morning Prayer List: Our Latest Donors (12.18-21.15); thank you!

Stephen M. (Canada)
√ Shannon Bellamy
Phyllis Kambol
Lael Sorensen
Bavi Rivera, in memory of Victor M. Rivera
LCol the Rev. Lisa Pacarynuk (Canada)
Jacqueline Watson
John Robertson
Roger Nicholls
Brenda Norman

Please add your own prayers 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.

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.

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

VIDEO: O sacred Head sore wounded (#168, Herzlich tut mich verlangen [Passion Chorale], Hans Leo Hassler; adapt. J.S. Bach) – Chopin Academy Orchestra, Warsaw, cond. Unkyoung Kim, 2008

Annual Meeting Elects Board & OKs Budget – For Money We Don’t Have

Money Runs Out Sept 13

The Daily Office Network held its Annual Meeting online January 28, and elected our first Mission Committee, including Steve Helmreich of New Mexico, Joan Rasch of Massachusetts, David Knox of Illinois and Jerry Fitzgerald of Saskatchewan.

In addition, the meeting approved four members of the committee ex officio, by virtue of their duties: the Vicar, Josh Thomas of Indiana; the Chaplain, the Rev. Gwen Hetler of Michigan; the Webcast Anchor, Clint Gilliland of Texas; and the Missioner, Maria L. Evans of Missouri. Valerie Scott of Washington State took minutes.

Three Churches are represented on the committee: The Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Roman Catholic Church and The Episcopal Church. In that, we are delighted; the Office is non-sectarian.

The Vicar reported on future plans for our network of sites, including the long-awaited site redesign for North America.

The proposed 2016 budget of $30,000 was approved, including $3000 in mission expenditures to the following projects: $1000 each to St. Andre’s School in Mithon, Haiti and the Rosebud Episcopal Mission in South Dakota; $600 for a full tuition scholarship at the nursing school at Cuttington Univesity in Liberia; and $400 to the inner-city after school program in the Diocese of Brasilia, Brazil. If more funds become available they will be unrestricted donations to Episcopal Relief and Development.

However, fundraising is stalled at approximately $21,000 after a disastrous rollout in November of our annual fundraising campaign. The Diocese of Indianapolis now administers our main PayPal account, as well as providing significant technical, accounting and auditing expertise. (Thank you, +Cate, Kathy & Marsha!) But just as we were set to launch our pledge drive, all the diocesan websites were hacked. They are now located on new servers which are less vulnerable, but we lost a good three weeks of donations.

Please hear this: many of the people who have donated to us have been amazingly generous. We ask just for $10 per e-mail subscriber, yet a majority of donors have given many times that amount – 5, 10, 20, even 100 times more. But there aren’t enough donors to get us through the year, especially with the Vicar’s salary having to be raised to minimum wage level – a 50% increase.

It is a full-time job, 40 hours a week – and if we want our sites to continue after the current Vicar leaves, it has to be a paying position, or no one else will be able to do this work.

We hope that over time we can pay a professional wage, but for now, $15,000 a year is the legal minimum. And that’s half our 2016 budget.

So it will be necessary for us to continue to ask our members for donations, until we can implement new giving techniques that make fundraising relatively painless.

In that regard, we have changed the content of our subscriber e-mails, substituting a summary and link for the entire liturgy. We avoided this for years, but now we have to make the change. We need every user to have access every day to our fundraising thermometer, donor link to PayPal and our physical address for those who would rather write checks.

You can’t monitor our financial progress – or lack of – if you never come to our site. (Besides, we want you to see our music videos, which aren’t viewable from the e-mail!)

This will eliminate functionality for less than two dozen Amazon Kindle readers, who prefer to pray with us on their devices. We are very sorry, but it costs us more than we make from Amazon fees. Everyone will have to come to our site, effective immediately.

Finally, please peruse these statistics, so you can judge whether or not: A) this is an effective ministry; B) running it is a full-time job; and C) we ought to be able to raise $30,000 if we work it right.

Daily Office Network
Statistical Summary

Subscribers – North America: 2,534
Subscribers – Asia-Pacific: 589
Subscribers – Español: 59

TOTAL SUBSCRIBERS: 3,182

E-mails requested and sent, North America: 1,849,820
Emails requested and sent, Asia-Pacific: 429,970
E-mails requested and sent, Español: 21,535

TOTAL E-MAILS SENT, 2015: 2,301,325

Page Views by Site, since inception

Asia-Pacific (Advent 1, 2007): 91,681
North America (July 29, 2004)
Network Solutions: 1,134,053
WordPress: 1,935,516
Español: N/A

TOTAL PAGE VIEWS
in addition to requested e-mails: 3,161,250

Facebook Members: 3,269
Twitter Followers: 270

TOTAL SOCIAL MEDIA: 3,539

Facebook Posts, 2015: 1095
Twitter Posts, 2015: 840

TOTAL SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS, 2015: 1,935

2016 Budget Goal: $30,000
Raised to Date: $19,050

Deficit: ($10,950)

Webcasts produced, 2015: 337

WEBCAST ATTENDANCE, 2015: 5,271

I don’t know about you, but I think the Daily Office Network is too good a thing for the cause of Christ to let it lapse. But we will run out of money and cease publication on September 3, 2016 unless ALL subscribers chip in their $10 – more if you can afford it, less if you can’t. Click here.

It’s up to all of us. I’ve answered God’s call every day for 11 years now. Over 200 donors have given their hard-earned dollars to help us continue to grow. Now we need the rest of you to do the same.

Care to write a check?

Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
1100 W. 42nd Street
Indianapolis IN 46208
Memo: Daily Office

Thank you and God bless us all.

Josh

WATCH THIS ONE

Watch our 2016 Annual Meeting right here.