Evening Prayer 1.9.14: Julia Chester Emery, Missionary, 1922

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.”

Last week we mentioned the nautical theme behind the altar cross at St. Clement’s-by-the-Sea in San Clemente, California, and here’s a closeup: a circle of anchors. (Katrina Soto)

Last week we mentioned the nautical theme behind the altar cross at St. Clement’s-by-the-Sea in San Clemente, California, and here’s a closeup: it’s a circle of anchors. This seems so Episcopalian to me; would you rather go to someplace called 9th Street Church of the Bland, or St. Clement’s-by-the-Sea? (Katrina Soto)

I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6b

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

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

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 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 131

O LORD, I am not proud; *
I have no haughty looks.
I do not occupy myself with great matters, *
or with things that are too hard for me.
But I still my soul and make it quiet,
like a child upon its mother’s breast; *
my soul is quieted within me.
O Israel, wait upon the LORD, *
from this time forth for evermore.

Psalm 132

LORD, remember David, *
and all the hardships he endured;
How he swore an oath to the LORD *
and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
“I will not come under the roof of my house, *
nor climb up into my bed;
I will not allow my eyes to sleep, *
nor let my eyelids slumber;
Until I find a place for the LORD, *
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
“The ark! We heard it was in Ephratah; *
we found it in the fields of Jearim.
Let us go to God’s dwelling place; *
let us fall upon our knees before God’s footstool.”
Arise, O LORD, into your resting-place, *
you and the ark of your strength.
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; *
let your faithful people sing with joy.
For your servant David’s sake, *
do not turn away the face of your anointed.
The LORD has sworn an oath to David; *
and in truth will not break it:
“A son, the fruit of your body *
will I set upon your throne.
If your children keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them, *
their children will sit upon your throne for evermore.”
For the LORD has chosen Zion, *
and desired it for the holy habitation:
“This shall be my resting-place for ever; *
here will I dwell, for in Zion I delight.
I will surely bless the provisions of Zion, *
and satisfy its poor with bread.
I will clothe its priests with salvation, *
and its faithful people will rejoice and sing.
There will I make the horn of David flourish; *
I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; *
but as for him, his crown will shine.”

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
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.”

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

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

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

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

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

THE PRAYERS

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

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

The Woman’s Auxiliary of the Board of Missions of the Episcopal Church was established by General Convention in 1871, when women could not serve on vestries or be elected as Convention deputies. Julia Chester Emery was only 24 when she took over from her older sister as Secretary of the Auxiliary, and by the time she was done 40 years later the women were outperforming the men.

The Woman’s Auxiliary of the Board of Missions of the Episcopal Church was established by General Convention in 1871, when women could not serve on vestries or be elected as Convention deputies. Julia Chester Emery was only 24 when she took over from her older sister as Secretary of the Auxiliary, and by the time she was done 40 years later the women were outperforming the men.

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.

Thursday Evening Prayer List

For Those with Mental Health Concerns
Mandy, depression

Sobriety & Recovery
Caroline
John C.
Tyler
Josh

For the Poor and the Neglected

Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Mission

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving

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

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

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3 Responses to Evening Prayer 1.9.14: Julia Chester Emery, Missionary, 1922

  1. Katrina Soto says:

    Thanks for featuring our cross. It is special to us in our little church. I’m sorry to have missed Thursday’s live Morning Prayer, though I did read it later. Some favorite Psalms. Some nights I don’t sleep well, so I don’t get up in time to join you all. I need to be up by 5:30 to jump in on time. But, I do so enjoy the fellowship and sense of community. You are all becoming treasured companions on the spiritual journey we travel together. Thank you so much, Josh, for doing this.

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    • Josh says:

      Your presence adds a lot to our congregation, Katrina, so we’re always glad when you can make it.

      I’ve thought several times about the people who come to us late at night to read Compline when they can’t sleep – I’ve done it too, it’s a popular service – and once I wrote a prayer on the subject, which I’ll post below in case it helps you or someone else. Anyone who likes can copy and paste it into a separate document (though I do ask that you keep the author’s credit with it).

      For Refreshing Sleep
      © by Josh Thomas

      Holy One, you created our bodies both for active living and for quiet sleep: now the day is done and the night has come. Help me so to relax my body, to deepen my breathing, to empty my mind, to let go of all cares and excitements, to trust in your mercy, that I may repose in your peace. You have made us a dreaming people, O Lord, and I ask you to fill me with visions of your heavenly kingdom, where all your creation dwell with you in harmony and quiet joy. Thank you, God, for rest. Amen.

      In the Evening
      BCP p. 833

      O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.

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  2. Katrina Soto says:

    Lovely prayers. Thank you.

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