Evening Prayer 9.4.14: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theologian & Martyr, 1945

What God has joined together, let no one separate.

Abolitionists, Prophets & Liberators: Levi Coffin was a Quaker merchant and farmer in Richmond, Indiana and is often called the "President of the Underground Railroad." His home, now a state historic site and national landmark, was built with hiding places for up to 14 escaped slaves; he may have helped up to 3000 of them. He later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, an even more strategic location right across the Ohio River from slaveholding Kentucky. He and his wife Catherine are probably the sympathetic White characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin." She too lived in Cincinnati and was friends with the Coffins.

Abolitionists, Prophets & Liberators: Levi Coffin was a Quaker merchant and farmer in Richmond, Indiana and is often called the “President of the Underground Railroad.” His home, now a state historic site and national landmark, was built with hiding places for up to 14 escaped slaves; he may have helped up to 3000 of them. He later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, an even more strategic location right across the Ohio River from slaveholding Kentucky. He and his wife Catherine are probably the sympathetic White characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” She too lived in Cincinnati and was friends with the Coffins.

Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter. Psalm 74:15-16

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.

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.

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 128

Happy are they all who fear the LORD, *
and who follow in the ways of the LORD!
You, O man, shall eat the fruit of your labor; *
happiness and prosperity shall be yours.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, *
your children like olive shoots round about your table.
The husband who fears the LORD *
shall thus indeed be blessed.
The LORD bless you from Zion, *
and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children; *
may peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 129

“Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth,” *
let Israel now say;
“Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth, *
but they have not prevailed against me.”
The plowers plowed upon my back *
and made their furrows long.
The LORD, the Righteous One, *
has cut the cords of the wicked.
Let them be put to shame and thrown back, *
all those who are enemies of Zion.
Let them be like grass upon the housetops, *
which withers before it can be plucked;
Which does not fill the hand of the reaper, *
nor the bosom of those who bind the sheaves;
So that those who go by say not so much as,
“The LORD prosper you. *
We wish you well in the Name of the LORD.”

Psalm 130

Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD;
LORD, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, *
O Lord, who could stand?
For there is forgiveness with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.
I wait for you, O LORD; my soul waits for you; *
in your word is my hope.
My soul waits for the LORD,
more than sentries for the morning, *
more than sentries for the morning.
O Israel, wait for the LORD, *
for with the LORD there is mercy;
There is plenteous redemption wit the LORD, *
who shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

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.

Mark Dukes: Christ Weds the Church, icon at St. Gregory of Nyssa Church, San Francisco, California.

Mark Dukes: Christ Weds the Church, icon at St. Gregory of Nyssa Church, San Francisco, California.

THE LESSON
Mark 10:1-16 (NRSV)

Jesus left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them.

Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

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.

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.

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.

Collect for Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

Almighty God our heavenly Father, renew in us the gifts of your mercy; increase our faith, strengthen our hope, enlighten our understanding, widen our charity, and make us ready to serve you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Bonhoeffer taught briefly in the United States and had several chances to escape Nazi Germany entirely, but his faith and sense of responsibility drew him into the Resistance. He was hanged a few months before Germany lost the war and Hitler killed himself.

Bonhoeffer taught briefly in the United States and had several chances to escape Nazi Germany entirely, but his faith and sense of responsibility drew him into the Resistance. He was hanged a few months before Germany lost the war and Hitler killed himself.

Collect of the Day: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theologian and Martyr, 1945

Gracious God, the Beyond in the midst of our life, you gave grace to your servant Dietrich Bonhoeffer to know and teach the truth as it is in Jesus Christ, and to bear the cost of following him: Grant that we, strengthened by his teaching and example, may receive your word and embrace its call with an undivided heart; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday Evening Prayer List: For disaster victims

Mudslide in Washington State
Malaysian Airlines flight
South Sudan faces famine
U.S. streets full of everyday murders

Prayer for Mission

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.++

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