Morning Prayer 1.9.14: Julia Chester Emery, Missionary, 1922

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I did not speak in secret,
in a land of darkness;
I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,
“Seek me in chaos.”

Here is the best picture you'll see all day: Wearing the feathers of a Sioux chief and not his mitre, Bishop of North Dakota Michael Smith presided over the consecration of the new St. James’s, Cannon Ball, ND, last November as the Rector, John Floberg, showed a blue box from the United Thank Offering, a national fundraising mechanism for missions instituted by Julia Chester Emery, who for 40 years presided over the Woman’s Auxiliary (now Episcopal Church Women) of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, the formal name of The Episcopal Church. St. James’s lost its previous building to a teenage arsonist three years earlier, but those blue boxes full of thanksgiving coins helped rebuild it better than ever. At left, Pat Fearing, the local UTO representative, told the story of how Ms. Emery’s blue boxes work. (Photo and reporting by Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service)

Here is the best picture you’ll see all day: Wearing the feathers of a Sioux chief instead of his miter, Michael Smith, the Bishop of North Dakota, presided over the consecration last November of the new St. James’s, Cannon Ball, ND, while the Rector, John Floberg, held up a blue box from the United Thank Offering, a national fundraising tool for missions instituted by Julia Chester Emery, who for 40 years presided over the Woman’s Auxiliary (now Episcopal Church Women) of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, the formal name of The Episcopal Church. St. James’s lost its previous building to a teenage arsonist three years earlier, but those blue boxes full of thanksgiving coins helped rebuild it better than ever. At left, Pat Fearing, the local UTO representative, told the story of Ms. Emery’s blue boxes, which have raised tens of millions of dollars – all for mission – since 1889. (Photo and reporting by Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service)

Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 60:1

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 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
from where is my help to come?
My help comes from the LORD, *
the maker of heaven and earth.
The LORD will not let your foot be moved *
and the One who watches over you will not fall asleep.
Behold, the One who keeps watch over Israel *
shall neither slumber nor sleep;
It is the LORD who watches over you; *
the LORD is your shade at your right hand,
So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; *
the LORD shall keep you safe.
The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, *
from this time forth for evermore.

Psalm 122

I was glad when they said to me, *
“Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
Now our feet are standing *
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is built as a city *
that is at unity with itself;
To which the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD, *
the assembly of Israel,
to praise the Name of the LORD.
For there are the thrones of judgment, *
the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: *
“May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls *
and quietness within your towers.
For the sake of my kindred and companions, *
I pray for your prosperity.
Because of the house of the LORD our God, *
I will seek to do you good.”

Psalm 123

To you I lift up my eyes, *
to you enthroned in the heavens.
As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *
and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
So our eyes look to you, O LORD our God, *
until you show us your mercy.
Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy, *
for we have had more than enough of contempt,
Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, *
and of the derision of the proud.

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 45:14-19 (NRSV)

Thus says the LORD:
The wealth of Egypt and the merchandise of Ethiopia,
and the Sabeans, tall of stature,
shall come over to you and be yours,
they shall follow you;
they shall come over in chains and bow down to you.
They will make supplication to you, saying,
“God is with you alone, and there is no other;
there is no god besides him.”
Truly, you are a God who hides himself,
O God of Israel, the Savior.
All of them are put to shame and confounded,
the makers of idols go in confusion together.
But Israel is saved by the LORD
with everlasting salvation;
you shall not be put to shame or confounded
to all eternity.

For thus says the LORD,
who created the heavens
(he is God!),
who formed the earth and made it
(he established it;
he did not create it a chaos,
he formed it to be inhabited!):
I am the LORD, and there is no other.
I did not speak in secret,
in a land of darkness;
I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,
“Seek me in chaos.”
I the LORD speak the truth,
I declare what is right.

Canticle: The Song of Moses
Cantemus Domino
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 Pharoah 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.

Colossians 1:24-2:7 (NRSV)

I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil and struggle with all the energy that he powerfully inspires within me.

For I want you to know how much I am struggling for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me face to face. I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I am saying this so that no one may deceive you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, and I rejoice to see your morale and the firmness of your faith in Christ. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Canticle: Glory to God
Gloria in excelsis

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

John 8:12-19 (NRSV)

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.” Then they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”

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.

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
Govern and uphold them, now and always.
Day by day we bless you;
We praise your Name for ever.
Lord, keep us from all sin today;
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
Lord, show us your love and mercy;
For we put our trust in you.
In you, Lord, is our hope;
And we shall never hope in vain.

There are many ways to be a missionary, as Ms. Emery's career  illustrates. A laywoman, she spent four decades advocating for domestic and foreign missions in an era when women were excluded from church governance. But that didn’t stop her; she became a traveling evangelist, visiting every U.S. diocese as well as Anglican churches in China, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines. On her arrival back in the U.S., she visited up and down the Pacific Coast before making her way back east. Episcopalians have never known anyone like her, a one-woman dynamo for Christ.

There are many ways to be a missionary, as Ms. Emery’s career illustrates. A laywoman, she spent four decades advocating for domestic and foreign missions in an era when women were excluded from church governance. But that didn’t stop her; she became a traveling evangelist, visiting every U.S. diocese as well as Anglican churches in China, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines. On her arrival back in the U.S., she visited up and down the Pacific Coast before making her way back east. Episcopalians have never known anyone like her, a one-woman dynamo for Christ.

Collect of the Day: Julia Chester Emery, Missionary, 1922

God of all creation, you call us in Christ to make disciples of all nations and to proclaim your mercy and love: Grant that we, after the example of your servant Julia Chester Emery, may have vision and courage in proclaiming the Gospel to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our light and our salvation, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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.

Thursday Morning Prayer List

In Places of Political Unrest & Violence
South Sudan, Ukraine, Brazil, Kenya, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Mali, Israel, Palestine

For peace
For soldiers
For civilians in war zones
For police officers

The Sisters of Bethany write, “By prayer and activity, the Sisters seek to share in the work of reconciling the divided Churches of Christendom and the whole world to the glory of God the Father. By simplicity of lifestyle, the Sisters try to identify with those for whom they share in Christ’s work of intercession in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

The Sisters of Bethany write, “By prayer and activity, the Sisters seek to share in the work of reconciling the divided Churches of Christendom and the whole world to the glory of God the Father. By simplicity of lifestyle, the Sisters try to identify with those for whom they share in Christ’s work of intercession in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

For Monastic Orders and Vocations

O Lord Jesus Christ, you became poor for our sake, that we might be made rich through your poverty: Guide and sanctify, we pray, those whom you call to follow you under the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, especially for the Society of the Sisters of Bethany in Hampshire, UK, that by their prayer and service they may enrich your Church, and by their life and worship may glorify your Name; for you reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Afikpo, Nigeria

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.

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.++

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4 Responses to Morning Prayer 1.9.14: Julia Chester Emery, Missionary, 1922

  1. Don says:

    Many ways for us to be missionaries, help us to strst in our homes, neighborhoods and on our daily walk. Don

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  2. wolfgang245 says:

    I’m sorry I could not read this morning when you asked me to. I haven’t found my iPad’s voice yet. :) And, on the West Coast (Portland, Oregon) it is 6 am! I’ll try to be better prepared next time. I really do like what you are offering us. Thank you.

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    • Josh says:

      Wolfgang, no problem! We’ve all fumbled our way through the webcast a little, and we’ll continue to. (For those who haven’t tried it, it involves downloading a program which is simple to operate, but of course takes some getting used to.) This morning another member was going along fine when all of a sudden her control panel disappeared. Things happen.

      Since we are a small group (capacity is 25; we usually get about a dozen), we try to ask each person to read a small portion of the service for us. This can lead to some minor panic, “What do I do now?”, but no one should worry, since the rest of us are there to pick up the slack.

      One good idea is to use the text message box at the bottom of the control panel to report any difficulties – or leave a comment here, just like you’ve done. I don’t know where the mic is on an iPad, but Clint does, and I’ll ask him to get with you about it. We do find that the nicest thing about our webcasts is just hearing each other’s voices. It doesn’t matter if we stumble over Hebrew or Greek proper names, or how to pronounce a Nigerian diocese; God knows which one we’re praying for, even if we don’t.

      So come back when you can – we all appreciate the little sacrifice of time each one makes. Some of us lose a little sleep, because it’s better to be with God and each other than not.

      Josh

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      • Good point, Josh, re: stumbling over names. That’s something I get self-conscious about as a lector. Hopefully I’ll be able to join the rest of you one of these mornings.

        Please keep my household in prayer for an unspoken need. Thanks!
        ~AJtheIrishLass

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