Morning Prayer 7.30.14, William Wilberforce & Anthony Ashley Cooper, Prophetic Witnesses, 1833, 1885

We ended without our standard Texas signoff today. The Vicar must be punished.

Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland lost the irreplaceable last week, when fire engulfed the colonial-era St. Paul’s, Hebron; it was first organized as a chapel of ease in 1711, and this building was completed in 1773. The congregation is very small and not likely to rebuild. (Todd Dudek/delmarvanow.com)

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland lost the irreplaceable last week, when fire engulfed the colonial-era St. Paul’s, Hebron; it was first organized as a chapel of ease in 1711, and this building was completed in 1773. The congregation is very small and not likely to rebuild. (Todd Dudek/delmarvanow.com)

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 72

1  Give the king your justice, O God, *
and your righteousness to the king’s son;
2  That he may rule your people righteously *
and the poor with justice;
3  That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *
and the little hills bring righteousness.
4  He shall defend the needy among the people, *
and shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
5  He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *
from one generation to another.
6  He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *
like showers that water the earth.
7  In his time shall the righteous flourish; *
there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.
8  He shall rule from sea to sea, *
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9  His foes shall bow down before him, *
and his enemies lick the dust.
10  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute, *
and the rulers of Arabia and Saba offer gifts.
11  All kings shall bow down before him, *
and all the nations do him service.
12  For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, *
and the oppressed who has no helper.
13  He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; *
and shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14  He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, *
and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15  Long may he live!
and may there be given to him gold from Arabia; *
may prayer be made for him always,
and may they bless him all the day long.
16  May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
growing thick even on the hilltops; *
may its fruit flourish like Lebanon,
and its grain like grass upon the earth.
17  May his name remain for ever
and be established as long as the sun endures; *
may all the nations bless themselves in him and call him blessed.

18  Blessed be the Lord GOD, the God of Israel, *
who alone does wondrous deeds!
19  And blessed be God’s glorious Name for ever! *
and may all the earth be filled with the glory of the LORD.
Amen. 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.

THE LESSONS
Judges 3:12-30 (NRSV)

The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD strengthened King Eglon of Moab against Israel, because they had done what was evil in the sight of the LORD. In alliance with the Ammonites and the Amalekites, he went and defeated Israel; and they took possession of the city of palms. So the Israelites served King Eglon of Moab eighteen years.

But when the Israelites cried out to the LORD, the LORD raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud son of Gera, the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. The Israelites sent tribute by him to King Eglon of Moab. Ehud made for himself a sword with two edges, a cubit in length; and he fastened it on his right thigh under his clothes. Then he presented the tribute to King Eglon of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man. When Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he sent the people who carried the tribute on their way. But he himself turned back at the sculptured stones near Gilgal, and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” So the king said, “Silence!” and all his attendants went out from his presence. Ehud came to him, while he was sitting alone in his cool roof chamber, and said, “I have a message from God for you.” So he rose from his seat. Then Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into Eglon’s belly; the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not draw the sword out of his belly; and the dirt came out. Then Ehud went out into the vestibule, and closed the doors of the roof chamber on him, and locked them.

After he had gone, the servants came. When they saw that the doors of the roof chamber were locked, they thought, “He must be relieving himself in the cool chamber.” So they waited until they were embarrassed. When he still did not open the doors of the roof chamber, they took the key and opened them. There was their lord lying dead on the floor.

Ehud escaped while they delayed, and passed beyond the sculptured stones, and escaped to Seirah. When he arrived, he sounded the trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites went down with him from the hill country, having him at their head. He said to them, “Follow after me; for the LORD has given your enemies the Moabites into your hand.” So they went down after him, and seized the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites, and allowed no one to cross over. At that time they killed about ten thousand of the Moabites, all strong, able-bodied men; no one escaped. So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest eighty years.

Canticle: Third Song of Isaiah
Surge, illuminare
Isaiah 60:1-3, 11a, 14c, 18-19

Arise, shine, for your light has come, *
and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.
For behold, darkness covers the land; *
deep gloom enshrouds the peoples.
But over you the Lord will rise, *
and his glory will appear upon you.
Nations will stream to your light, *
and kings to the brightness of your dawning.
Your gates will always be open; *
by day or night they will never be shut.
They will call you, The City of the Lord, *
The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Violence will no more be heard in your land, *
ruin or destruction within your borders.
You will call your walls, Salvation, *
and all your portals, Praise.
The sun will no more be your light by day; *
by night you will not need the brightness of the moon.
The Lord will be your everlasting light, *
and your God will be your glory.

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.

Acts 1:1-14 (NRSV)

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

Canticle: Song of Zechariah
Benedictus Dominus
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.

Matthew 27:45-54 (NRSV)

From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

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.

John Rising, 1790: William Wilberforce, Age 29. Wilberforce is known worldwide for his dogged persistence in Parliament to ban the slave trade; wealthy, powerful forces were arrayed against him. There was a lot of money to be made in buying and selling human beings; 30% of today’s English nobility can trace their fortunes directly to this racist scourge. But Wilberforce didn’t take no for an answer, and on his deathbed, Parliament finally gave in.

John Rising, 1790: William Wilberforce, Age 29. Wilberforce is known worldwide for his dogged persistence in Parliament to ban the slave trade; wealthy, powerful forces were arrayed against him. There was a lot of money to be made in buying and selling human beings; 30% of today’s English nobility can trace their fortunes directly to this racist scourge. But Wilberforce didn’t take no for an answer, and on his deathbed, Parliament finally gave in.

Collect of the Day: William Wilberforce and Anthony Ashley Cooper, Lord Shaftesbury, Prophetic Witnesses, 1833, 1885

Just and eternal God, we give you thanks for the stalwart faith and persistence of your servants William Wilberforce and Anthony Ashley Cooper, who, undeterred by opposition and failure, held fast to a vision of justice in which no child of yours might suffer in enforced servitude and misery. Grant that we, drawn by that same Gospel vision, may persevere in serving the common good and caring for those who have been cast down, that they may be raised up through Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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.

For joy in God’s creation: Happy Isles at flood, the northern terminus of the John Muir hiking trail, Yosemite National Park, California. (Wikipedia)

For joy in God’s creation: Happy Isles at flood, the northern terminus of the John Muir hiking trail, Yosemite National Park, California. (Wikipedia)

For Joy in God’s Creation

O heavenly Father, you have filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Eldoret, Kenya

Wednesday Morning Prayer List

Healing of Body, Mind & Soul
Donald Bell, lesion
Harry+, prostate cancer
Judith Yannariello, pancreatic cancer and chemo
Don, palliative care
Subdeacon Clint, soul-medic
+Tom Shaw, SSJE, Bishop of Massachusetts
Greg, 42, cancer

For Caregivers
Jena
Jack
Katrina

Please add your own intercessions, supplications and thanksgivings here.

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.

Holy eternal Majesty,
Holy incarnate Word,
Holy abiding Spirit,
Bless us for evermore. Amen.++

VIDEO: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s sermon at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of ordained women priests, Church of the Advocate, Philadelphia – Episcopal News Service, released yesterday

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3 Responses to Morning Prayer 7.30.14, William Wilberforce & Anthony Ashley Cooper, Prophetic Witnesses, 1833, 1885

  1. Carolyn says:

    I really groan with embarrassment about these first lessons on the conquest of Israel. I can’t read them without cringing. I remember in college gong to my OT prof and asking if the God of the OT was the same as the God of the NT. Perhaps someone can help me find something edifying in them? I know it’s about the formation of a people and about separating them from the peoples around and all, but–ickypoo. Not much of the the Beatitudes in there.

    Carolyn

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    • Josh says:

      Carolyn, we commented much the same way this morning before our webcast. I groaned yesterday as I was preparing this service.

      All I will say now is that humanity’s conception of God has evolved over the years. We no longer think assasination and killing 10,000 at a time is godly or edifying. My question is why this passage is still included in our lectionary.

      I thank you for giving us your thoughts; that’s the #1 reason we have comments, so people can react to the Scriptures. I wish we did it more often, including when we don’t like or understand what we’ve just read. Sometimes the readings are very beautiful, and sometimes we just shake our heads and try to keep going.

      Thank you for thinking and writing.

      Josh

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    • Katrina Soto says:

      For a start, it is my belief that humans wrote scripture. They justify their deeds by ascribing responsibility to God. Humankind has always behaved in this abominable fashion, and continues to do so even in these New Testament days. I do not think we should be shielded from the stories, happy or distressing. I do believe that humankind struggles constantly with trying to discern God’s intent and God’s will for us. The lesson I get is that, so far, God has not given up on us. That said, I’m glad I didn’t have to read that gory story aloud. Something to be said for sleeping in.

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