Evening Prayer 6.28.13: St. Irenaeus, Bishop & Heresy-Fighter, c. 202

I tell you, this scripture must be fulfilled in me, ‘And he was counted among the lawless’; and indeed what is written about me is being fulfilled.

One of our Facebook group members, John Montreville Denton, graduated this month from lay ministry training, known in the U.S. as Education for Ministry or EfM, a hugely successful 4-year program sponsored by the School of Theology of the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee. He’s just one of thousands of laypeople who have devoted themselves to learn more about God in a disciplined program of study and get closer to the Divine Will. Laypeople rock!

One of our Facebook group members, John Montreville Denton, graduated this month from lay ministry training, known as Education for Ministry or EfM, a hugely successful 4-year program sponsored by the School of Theology of the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee. He’s just one of 30,000 laypeople in the U.S.A., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and elsewhere who have devoted themselves to learn more about God in a disciplined program of study and to get closer to the Divine Will. Laypeople rock!

Seek the One who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth: The Lord is his name. Amos 5:8

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, be not far from us.
Come quickly to help us, O God.

Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

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 107:1-32

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

Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

THE LESSON
Luke 22:31-38 (NRSV)

Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” And he said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you have denied three times that you know me.” He said to them, “When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “No, not a thing.” He said to them, “But now, the one who has a purse must take it, and likewise a bag. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you, this scripture must be fulfilled in me, ‘And he was counted among the lawless’; and indeed what is written about me is being fulfilled.” They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” He replied, “It is enough.”

Canticle: The Song of Simeon
Nunc dimittis
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.

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.

St. Irenaeus fought peacefully (and with biting humor) against the Gnostics, who despised the flesh and exalted the spirit, and therefore held Christ in an inferior position to the Father. Irenaeus said humanity can’t be despicable since Christ himself came among us; Christians are incarnationalists, and Jesus was God and Man. (catholictradition.org)

St. Irenaeus fought peacefully (and with biting humor) against the Gnostics, who despised the flesh and exalted the spirit, and therefore held Christ in an inferior position to the Father. Irenaeus said humanity can’t be despicable since Christ himself came among us; Christians are incarnationalists, and Jesus was God and Man. (catholictradition.org)

Collect of the Day: Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, c. 202

Almighty God, you upheld your servant Irenaeus with strength to maintain the truth against every blast of vain doctrine: Keep us, we pray, steadfast in your true religion, that in constancy and peace we may walk in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For the Care of Children

Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer List: For the Church

Polish Episcopal Network
For Christians in the Middle East
In Iraq and Syria
In Israel and Palestine
Copts persecuted in Egypt

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

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Francis of Rome
Anglican Church of Canada
The Church of England
Episcopal Church of Scotland
The Church in Wales
The Church of Ireland
The Church of Sweden
Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil
The Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
The Church in Southern Africa
The Church of Nigeria (Anglican)
Old Catholic Churches – Union of Utrecht
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Moravian Church
The Orthodox-Catholic Church of America
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

For Our Seminarians & Their Schools

Berkeley Divinity School, Connecticut
Bexley Hall, Ohio
Brite Divinity School, Texas
Church Divinity School of the Pacific, California
Episcopal Divinity School, Massachusetts
General Theological Seminary, New York
Newton Theological College, Papua New Guinea
Perkins School of Theology, Texas
SeaburyNEXT, Illinois
Seminary of the Southwest, Texas
Sewanee-The University of the South, Tennessee
Virginia Theological Seminary, Virginia
for the seminaries where we live

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++

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