Evening Prayer 30.8.15, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.

Robert Conquest has died, an American historian whose life's work was documenting the Ukrainian genocide of the 1930s, when Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin diverted food from the country to punish it for resisting Russian domination. The Holdomor, or terror-famine, killed at least 2.5 million - some estimates say 7.5 million or more - in Ukraine. Rare news photos show people dropped dead in the streets while others picked their way around them. (Stanford University News Service)

Robert Conquest has died, an Anglo-American poet and historian whose life’s work included revealing the Ukrainian genocide of 1932-33, when Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin expropriated grain from peasant farmers to punish Ukraine for resisting his regime. The Holodomor, or state-sponsored terror-famine, killed at least 2.5 million – some estimates say 7.5 million or more – in Ukraine. Rare news photos show people dropped dead in the streets while others picked their way around them. Conquest’s other books placed the Ukrainian genocide within a much wider, deeper context of Stalinist murder that cost 20 million lives. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russian scholars published excerpts of his works as well as documents proving nearly everything he wrote. (Stanford University News Service)

Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, “I dwell in the high and holy place and also with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15

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 114

1  Hallelujah!
When Israel came out of Egypt, *
the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
2  Judah became God’s sanctuary *
and Israel God’s dominion.
3  The sea beheld it and fled; *
Jordan turned and went back.
4  The mountains skipped like rams, *
and the little hills like young sheep.
5  What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *
O Jordan, that you turned back?
6  You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *
you little hills like young sheep?
7  Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8  Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water, *
and flint-stone into a flowing spring.

Psalm 115

1  Not to us, O LORD, not to us,
but to your Name give glory; *
because of your love and because of your faithfulness.
2  Why should the heathen say, *
“Where then is their God?”
3  Our God is in heaven; *
whatever God wills to do, God does.
4  Their idols are silver and gold, *
the work of human hands.
5  They have mouths, but they cannot speak; *
eyes have they, but they cannot see;
6  They have ears, but they cannot hear; *
noses, but they cannot smell;
7  They have hands, but they cannot feel;
feet, but they cannot walk; *
they make no sound with their throat.
8  Those who make them are like them, *
and so are all who put their trust in them.
9  O Israel, trust in the LORD; *
who is your help and your shield.
10  O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; *
who is your help and your shield.
11  You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; *
who is your help and your shield.
12  The LORD has been mindful of us and will bless us; *
the LORD will bless the house of Israel
and will bless the house of Aaron;
13  The LORD will bless the God-fearing, *
both small and great together.
14  May the LORD increase you more and more, *
you and your children after you.
15  May you be blessed by the LORD, *
the maker of heaven and earth.
16  The heaven of heavens is the LORD’s, *
but the LORD entrusted the earth to its peoples.
17  The dead do not praise the LORD, *
nor all those who go down into silence;
18  But we will bless the LORD, *
from this time forth for evermore.
Hallelujah!

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 8:47-59 (NRSV)

Jesus said, “Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God.”

The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is one who seeks it and he is the judge. Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, ‘He is our God,’ though you do not know him. But I know him; if I would say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his word. Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad.” Then the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

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 it is 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 with your Holy Spirit.

Plans are proceeding in Providence, Rhode Island to convert St. John's Cathedral, now closed because of a dwindling congregation, into a museum of the Northern role in promoting slavery in the United States; Episcopalians in Providence were shipbuilders and profited greatly in the slave trade; once that was abolished, they built the ships that moved the cotton grown in the South by slaves, as well as textiles manufactured in New England. A second major purpose of the new construction is to create a center for racial reconciliation, still needed very much today, 150 years after the end of the U.S. Civil War. One of the leaders of the effort, along with the Bishop of Rhode Island Nick Kniceley, is James DeWolfe Perry VI, whose ancestors were some of the state's most prominent shipbuilders. (Charlie Mahoney/The New York Times)

Plans are proceeding in Providence, Rhode Island to convert St. John’s Cathedral, closed in 2012 because of a dwindling congregation, into a museum of the Northern role in promoting slavery in the United States. Episcopalians in Providence were shipbuilders and profited greatly in the slave trade; once that was abolished, they built the ships that moved the cotton grown in the South by slaves, as well as textiles manufactured in New England. A second major purpose of the new construction is to create a center for racial reconciliation, still needed very much today, 150 years after the end of the U.S. Civil War. Leading the effort, along with the Bishop of Rhode Island Nick Kniseley, is James DeWolf Perry VI, whose ancestors were some of the state’s most prominent shipbuilders. (Charlie Mahoney/The New York Times)

Collect of the Day: Proper 17

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruits of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Sundays

Lord God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ triumphed over the powers of death and prepared for us our place in the new Jerusalem: Grant that we, who have this day given thanks for his resurrection, may praise you in that City of which he is the light, and where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday Evening Prayer List

For repentance and conversion
of all who don’t know Christ
of all who disbelieve in God
of all too cynical
of all too scared
of all too burned by Christianity
of all the hypocrites
of all who gossip and exclude
of all who believe but persist in sin
of all who persecute our Lord
of all schismatics
of all the faithful
for the repentance and conversion of all of us

A Collect 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.

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.

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. Ephesians 3:20-21++

Forest fires sparked by lightning have claimed 87,000 acres and 40 homes since 12 August, The Oregonian newspaper reports. In neighboring Washington State, plans were announced for a memorial service for three firefighters killed last week. Fire crews from Australia and New Zealand have joined the American effort, battling outbreaks called the worst in the history of the Pacific Northwest. Neighboring states and British Columbia are also affected by thick smoke.

Forest fires sparked by lightning have claimed 87,000 acres and 40 homes since 12 August, The Oregonian newspaper reported Sunday. In neighboring Washington State, plans were announced for a memorial service for three firefighters killed last week. Fire crews from Australia and New Zealand have joined the American effort, battling outbreaks called the worst in the history of the Pacific Northwest. Neighboring states and British Columbia are also affected by thick smoke.

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