Evening Prayer 30.10.14, John Wyclif, Forerunner of the Reformation, 1383

Everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.

The 13th Annual LGBT Pride Day last Saturday in Taipei, Taiwan attracted Gay people from Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and mainland China, and is seen as a symbol of how far Taiwan has come in the 20 years since democratic reforms and free speech took hold. The main opposition to LGBT rights comes from the tiny Christian minority. (Sam Yeh/Agence France-Presse via Getty)

The 13th Annual LGBT Pride Day last Saturday in Taipei, Taiwan attracted Gay people from Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and mainland China, and is seen as a symbol of how far Taiwan has come in the 20 years since democratic reforms and free speech took hold. The main opposition to LGBT rights comes from the tiny (5%) Christian minority. (Sam Yeh/Agence France-Presse via Getty)

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because God is at my right hand, I shall not fall. Psalm 16:7-8

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

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 59

1  Rescue me from my enemies, O God; *
protect me from those who rise up against me.
2  Rescue me from evildoers *
and save me from those who thirst for my blood.
3  See how they lie in wait for my life,
how the mighty gather together against me; *
not for any offense or fault of mine, O LORD.
4  Not because of any guilt of mine *
they run and prepare themselves for battle.
5  Rouse yourself, come to my side, and see; *
for you, LORD God of hosts, are Israel’s God.
6  Awake, and punish all the ungodly; *
show no mercy to those who are faithless and evil.
7  They go to and fro in the evening; *
they snarl like dogs and run about the city.
8  Behold, they boast with their mouths,
and taunts are on their lips; *
“For who,” they say, “will hear us?”
9  But you, O LORD, you laugh at them; *
you laugh all the ungodly to scorn.
10  My eyes are fixed on you, O my Strength; *
for you, O God, are my stronghold.
11  My merciful God comes to meet me; *
God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
12  Slay them, O God, lest my people forget; *
send them reeling by your might
and put them down, O Lord our shield.
13  For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips,
for the cursing and lies that they utter, *
let them be caught in their pride.
14  Make an end of them in your wrath; *
make an end of them, and they shall be no more.
15  Let everyone know that God rules in Jacob, *
and to the ends of the earth.
16  They go to and fro in the evening; *
they snarl like dogs and run about the city.
17  They forage for food, *
and if they are not filled, they howl.
18  For my part, I will sing of your strength; *
I will celebrate your love in the morning;
19  For you have become my stronghold, *
a refuge in the day of my trouble.
20  To you, O my Strength, will I sing; *
for you, O God, are my stronghold and my merciful God.

Psalm 60

1  O God, you have cast us off and broken us; *
you have been angry;
oh, take us back to you again.
2  You have shaken the earth and split it open; *
repair the cracks in it, for it totters.
3  You have made your people know hardship; *
you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
4  You have set up a banner for those who fear you, *
to be a refuge from the power of the bow.
5  Save us by your right hand and answer us, *
that those who are dear to you may be delivered.

6  From God’s holy place came a voice: *
God said, “I will exult and parcel out Shechem;
I will divide the valley of Succoth.
7  Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; *
Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter.
8  Moab is my wash-basin,
on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it, *
and over Philistia will I shout in triumph.”
9  Who will lead me into the strong city? *
who will bring me to Edom?
10  Have you not cast us off, O God? *
you no longer go out, O God, with our armies.
11  Grant us your help against the enemy, *
for vain is the help of mortals.
12  With God we will do valiant deeds, *
and God shall tread our enemies under foot.

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
Luke 11:53—12:12 (NRSV)

When Jesus went outside, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile toward him and to cross-examine him about many things, lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say.

Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered by the thousands, so that they trampled on one another, he began to speak first to his disciples, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops.

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say.”

Canticle: The Song of Mary
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 John Wyclif Bible, translated from the Latin Vulgate rather than the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. It was the first Bible in English and reflects Wyclif's belief that people should have direct access to the Scriptures, unmediated by priests, just as they have direct access to God in prayer.

The John Wyclif Bible, translated from the Latin Vulgate rather than the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. It was the first Bible in English and reflects Wyclif’s belief that people should have direct access to the Scriptures, unmediated by priests, just as they have direct access to God in prayer.

Collect of the Day: John Wyclif, Priest and Prophetic Witness, 1384

O God, your justice continually challenges your Church to live according to its calling: Grant us who now remember the work of John Wyclif contrition for the wounds which our sins inflict on your Church, and such love for Christ that we may seek to heal the divisions which afflict his Body; through the same Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

For the Church and People of Zimbabwe
by Josh Thomas

Holy God, look with mercy on your suffering people of Zimbabwe, and protect the Anglican Church from persecution as it seeks to minister to them. Bless the duly elected clergy, the members of the Mothers’ Union and all your people who gather for solace, strength and teaching. Feed and shelter the people who have nothing; comfort those afflicted by violence, disease, terror and want. Drive out all those who brutally enrich themselves and rob the people of their daily bread. Raise up leaders of honesty, wisdom and strength to lead the nation. Let the beautiful land you made burst forth once more with crops of every kind. Bless Zimbabwe, O Lord, in the name of your merciful Son who looked with compassion on us, as he himself was made to suffer violence, but now reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Thursday Evening Prayer List

For Troubled Families
especially A.J.’s

For Those with Mental Health Concerns
Michael, depression
Christine, shut-in, depression

For Sobriety & Recovery
Richard Adrian, Depression/Addiction
Mark

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.

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++

A reminder of the virtue of Mercy, in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, General Theological Seminary, New York.

A reminder of the virtue of Mercy, in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, General Theological Seminary, New York.

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