Morning Prayer 2.25.14: John Roberts, Priest, 1949; [Church in Wales Day]

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(Introduction) We have a lot going on in this morning’s service, so we start with a little explanation of what makes this “Church in Wales Day” on our site. First, today’s saint, Fr. John Roberts, was a priest from Wales who served as a missionary among American Indians for 66 years in Wyoming, and we’ve obtained new photos of his ministry. Today in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Diocese of Bangor, Wales, a happy coincidence which inspired us to search for “favorite Welsh hymn.” The most popular video is sung by a Welshman who happens to be a longtime favorite of the Vicar’s. So that’s why we’re having our unofficial “Church in Wales Day.” ¶ Since this is Tuesday, we have other concerns as well, especially our weekly list of American servicemembers killed in the Afghan War; we also have updated figures on soldiers who have been wounded. So, like life itself, all is not sweetness and light in the Lord. We will begin with sweetness and end with light, but hold on for some twists and turns as we approach the heavenly throne. – Josh

Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last of the Trapp Family Singers, has died; she was the daughter of Captain Georg and his first wife, Agathe, before Sr. Maria joined the family as governess and eventually became her stepmother. In the Broadway musical and film, “The Sound of Music,” daughter Maria’s name was changed to Louisa to prevent confusion. Besides their musical career, she and her stepmother served as lay Catholic missionaries for years in Papua New Guinea. Above, visiting her old home in Salzburg, Austria in 2008. (Leonhard Foeger/Reuters)

Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last of the Trapp Family Singers, has died; she was the daughter of Captain Georg and his first wife, Agathe, before Sr. Maria joined the family as governess and eventually became her stepmother. In “The Sound of Music,” daughter Maria’s name was changed to Louisa to prevent confusion. Besides their musical career, she and her stepmother served as lay Catholic missionaries for years in Papua New Guinea. Above, visiting her old home in Salzburg, Austria in 2008. (Leonhard Foeger/Reuters)

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

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

Psalm 95:1-7
Venite

Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving;
and raise to the Lord a shout with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God;
you are great above all gods.
In your hand are the caverns of the earth;
and the heights of the hills are yours also.
The sea is yours, for you made it,
and your hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down and bend the knee,
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For you are our God,
and we are the people of your pasture, and the sheep of your hand.
Oh, that today we would hearken to your voice!

Psalm 121

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

Psalm 122

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

Psalm 123

1  To you I lift up my eyes, *
to you enthroned in the heavens.
2  As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *
and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
3  So our eyes look to you, O LORD our God, *
until you show us your mercy.
4  Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy, *
for we have had more than enough of contempt,
5  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
Proverbs 4:1-27 (NRSV)

Listen, children, to a father’s instruction,
and be attentive, that you may gain insight;
for I give you good precepts:
do not forsake my teaching.
When I was a son with my father,
tender, and my mother’s favorite,
he taught me, and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
keep my commandments, and live.
Get wisdom; get insight: do not forget, nor turn away
from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
love her, and she will guard you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever else you get, get insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.
She will place on your head a fair garland;
she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”
Hear, my child, and accept my words,
that the years of your life may be many.
I have taught you the way of wisdom;
I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
When you walk, your step will not be hampered;
and if you run, you will not stumble.
Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
guard her, for she is your life.
Do not enter the path of the wicked,
and do not walk in the way of evildoers.
Avoid it; do not go on it;
turn away from it and pass on.
For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
For they eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what they stumble over.
My child, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all their flesh.
Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
Keep straight the path of your feet,
and all your ways will be sure.
Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil.

Canticle: A Song of Pilgrimage
Priusquam errarem
Ecclesiasticus 51:13-16, 20b-22

Before I ventured forth,
even while I was very young, *
I sought wisdom openly in my prayer.
In the forecourts of the temple I asked for her, *
and I will seek her to the end.
From first blossom to early fruit, *
she has been the delight of my heart.
My foot has kept firmly to the true path, *
diligently from my youth have I pursued her.
I inclined my ear a little and received her; *
I found for myself much wisdom and became adept in her.
To the one who gives me wisdom will I give glory, *
for I have resolved to live according to her way.
From the beginning I gained courage from her, *
therefore I will not be forsaken.
In my inmost being I have been stirred to seek her, *
therefore have I gained a good possession.
As my reward the Almighty has given me the gift of language,*
and with it will I offer praise to God.

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

1 John 4:7-21 (NRSV)

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

Canticle: A Song of Faith
1 Peter 1:3-4, 18-21

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, *
by divine mercy we have a new birth into a living hope;
Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, *
we have an inheritance that is imperishable in heaven.
The ransom that was paid to free us *
was not paid in silver or gold,
But in the precious blood of Christ, *
the Lamb without spot or stain.
God raised Jesus from the dead and gave him glory *
so that we might have faith and hope in God.

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

John 11:30-44 (NRSV)

Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

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.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He 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,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
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.

Help us, O God our Savior;
Deliver us and forgive us our sins.
Look upon your congregation;
Give to your people the blessing of peace.
Declare your glory among the nations;
And your wonders among all peoples.
Do not let the oppressed be shamed and turned away;
Never forget the lives of your poor.
Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you;
And your favor to those who are true of heart.
Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning;
So shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

John Roberts, a Welshman, was attracted to the missionary life, and at first was sent to the Bahamas, where he was ordained a priest, before asking to serve Native Americans in the Western U.S. In 1883 he was assigned to work among the Shoshone and Arapaho Indians on what is now the Wind River Reservation. He established schools and churches, learned both tribes’ languages, and fell in love with the People so much he told his Bishop, “I hope you will never take me away from my Indians.” He was known for honoring and respecting their ancient ways. For more information, visit: http://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/reverend-john-roberts (Wyoming State Archives)

John Roberts was attracted to the missionary life, and at first was sent from Wales to the Bahamas, where he was ordained a priest, before asking to serve Native Americans in the Western U.S. In 1883 he was assigned to work among the Shoshone and Arapaho Indians on what is now the Wind River Reservation. He established schools and churches, learned both tribes’ languages, and fell in love with the People so much he told his Bishop, “I hope you will never take me away from my Indians.” He was known and greatly loved for honoring and respecting their ancient ways. For more information, visit: http://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/reverend-john-roberts (Wyoming State Archives)

Collect of the Day: John Roberts, Priest, 1949

Creator God, we thank you for bringing your missionary John Roberts from his native land to live and teach your Gospel in a spirit of respect and amity among the Shoshone and Arapahoe peoples in their own language; and we pray that we also may share the Good News of your Christ with all we meet as friends brought together by your Holy Spirit; for you are one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, living and true, to the ages of ages. Amen.

Walter D. Ehlers, U.S. Medal of Honor winner for his bravery on D-Day in World War II, has died. He lost his brother in the same battle, and though later years brought moments of glory and encounters with heads of state, he would have traded them all to be reunited with him. So now he is; thanks be to God. (Chip Somodeville/Getty Images)

Walter D. Ehlers, U.S. Medal of Honor winner for his bravery on D-Day in World War II, has died. He lost his brother in the same battle, and though later years brought moments of glory and encounters with heads of state, he would have traded them all to be reunited with him. So now he is; thanks be to God. (Chip Somodeville/Getty Images)

2 More Americans Die in Afghan War; They Have Names, We Will Find Them Out and Speak Them

Total War Deaths: 8228

Iraq: Total Deaths: 4804

-no casualties reported this past week

Afghanistan: Total Deaths: 3424

TORIAN, Aaron C., 36, MSGT, USMC, Paducah, KY, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

One Soul – Personal information not yet available

Source: iCasualties.org

(UPDATE) U.S. wounded in Afghanistan, as of February 20, 2014: 19,656 (Department of Defense)

For Peace

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

For Those in the Armed Forces of our Country

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Bangor, Wales

Bangor Cathedral, Wales (http://tomsimoneweddings.co.uk)

Bangor Cathedral, Wales (http://tomsimoneweddings.co.uk)

Collect for Mission

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfil now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

Online Dismissal
by Josh Thomas

O God, we’re ready to depart now to begin the rest of our morning. Thank you for this time together to worship you, [to see and listen to each other] over miles and time zones. We ask your blessing on the concerns and joys each of us has brought with us, that you will be with (N., N./each of us) as we go about our day. Be present in our encounters with others, and give us awareness of you in our solitude. Help us do good work and live good lives, in unity with your Son and Holy Spirit. And now, with one voice,

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: Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (#690, Cwm Rhondda; William Williams, John Hughes) – Sir Harry Secombe and the Treorchy Male Choir, 1991

After he was knighted, Harry, a big fellow, joked that he ought to be called “Sir Cumference.” His brother Fred was a priest in the Church in Wales. (Frankie Roberto/Wikipedia)

After he was knighted, Harry, a big fellow, joked that he ought to be called “Sir Cumference.” His brother Fred was a priest in the Church in Wales. (Frankie Roberto/Wikipedia)

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4 Responses to Morning Prayer 2.25.14: John Roberts, Priest, 1949; [Church in Wales Day]

  1. Katrina Soto says:

    Great video this morning. I am partially of Welsh descent, so it was extra special. And I love Sir Harry’s plaque! Don’t know that I’d want to be remembered as a “”Goon” :-)

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    • Josh says:

      I’m glad you liked the video, Katrina; I certainly did. As I read up on Harry (to fact-check that he was Welsh) I found out that his first big showbiz job after WWII was a TV show where he played a guy named Goonie or some such. He started out as a cast member but in a year or so the name of the show was changed to reflect that he was the breakout star. (Or maybe the first star left and they built it around him, the text wasn’t clear.)

      I first became aware of him in the film version of “Oliver!,” Best Picture of 1970 or so; he played the loathsome parish Beadle (a minor Anglican functionary) in a couple of scenes that reflected Dickens’s dim view of the Established Church and its charities: the kids go hungry while the greedy trustees feast. Harry had a big song, “Boy for Sale,” which broke my heart, just as it was supposed to. But he sang it well and I learned his name, one of many British stars unknown here who appeared for a scene or two in that movie.

      Years later he turned up hosting a show singing Anglican hymns, which played in reruns on the cable system in Columbus, Ohio when I lived there. Since there’s almost no Episcopal or Anglican TV presence, I was amazed; Harry Secombe! I found out what a great singer he was, though most Brits, as the plaque shows, considered him primarily a comedian from when he first made it big. He was a well-rounded performer who’d employ whatever talent someone would pay for. But surely music was his first love; for years he was also the host of “Songs of Praise,” which we know as “A British Christian Music Program.” It’s been on for 60 years and continues today.

      He died about 10 years ago; his funeral was in his ancestral village in Wales, but there was also a memorial service later at Westminster Abbey attended by the Prince of Wales. Other royals sent representatives, but Charles was there for Harry, the beloved Welsh singer. Turns out the Treorchy Male Choir in the video is also a famous Welsh ensemble. I love how the first two verses show Harry in the actual town our hymn tune is named for, then in the last verse he just walks in and takes his place among the other men.

      His brother Fred was also the author of several memoirs about life as a priest.

      So all this led to “Church in Wales Day” and that big intro above. I think anyone who’s Anglican keeps a special place in her heart for Wales, where no one is afraid to sing.

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