Morning Prayer 17.12.15, William Lloyd Garrison & Maria Stewart, U.S. Abolitionists, 1879

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But they refused to listen, and turned a stubborn shoulder, and stopped their ears in order not to hear.

Shrimp, America's favourite seafood, is nearly all processed by Burmese slaves, many of them Rohingyas, in Thailand, according to an ongoing investigation by the Associated Press. Every grocery chain, every restaurant conglomerate, every specialty shop in the country (and thousands more worldwide) sells this stuff. Think about that while we praise God for the end of African slavery in the U.S. 150 years ago. The Thai government knows about the enslavement of these workers and does nothing; shrimp is a major export and the generals want the money. Thai police are in on it too; if a slave manages to escape, the police catch the person and sell them back. (Dita Alangkara/Associated Press)

Shrimp, America’s favourite seafood, is nearly all processed by Burmese slaves, many of them Rohingyas, in Thailand, according to an ongoing investigation by the Associated Press. Every grocery chain, every restaurant conglomerate, every specialty shop in the country (and thousands more worldwide) sells this stuff. Think about that while we congratulate ourselves for the end of African slavery in the U.S. 150 years ago. The Thai government knows about the enslavement of these workers and does nothing; shrimp is a major export and the generals want the money. Thai police are in on it too; if slaves manage to escape, the police catch them and sell them back. (Dita Alangkara/Associated Press)

The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. Isaiah 40:5

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 50

1  The LORD, the God of gods, has spoken; *
and has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2  Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *
God shines forth in glory.
3  Our God will come and will not keep silence; *
before God there is a consuming flame,
and round about a raging storm.
4  God calls the heavens and the earth from above *
to witness the judgment of the chosen people.
5  Gather before me my loyal followers, *
those who have made a covenant with me
and sealed it with sacrifice.”
6  Let the heavens declare the rightness of God’s cause; *
for it is God who is judge.

7  Hear, O my people, and I will speak:
“O Israel, I will bear witness against you; *
for I am God, your God.
8  I do not accuse you because of your sacrifices; *
your offerings are always before me.
9  I will take no bull-calf from your stalls, *
nor he-goats out of your pens;
10  For all the beasts of the forest are mine, *
the herds in their thousands upon the hills.
11  I know every bird in the sky, *
and the creatures of the fields are in my sight.
12  If I were hungry, I would not tell you, *
for the whole world is mine and all that is in it.
13  Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, *
or drink the blood of goats?
14  Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and make good your vows to the Most High.
15  Call upon me in the day of trouble; *
I will deliver you, and you shall honor me.”

16  But to the wicked God says: *
“Why do you recite my statutes,
and take my covenant upon your lips;
17  Since you refuse discipline, *
and toss my words behind your back?
18  When you see thieves, you make them your friends, *
and you cast in your lot with adulterers.
19  You have loosed your lips for evil, *
and harnessed your tongue to a lie.
20  You are always speaking evil of your kin *
and slandering your own flesh and blood.
21  These things you have done, and I kept still, *
and you thought that I am like you.”

22  ”I have made my accusation; *
I have put my case in order before your eyes.
23  Consider this well, you who forget God, *
lest I rend you and there be none to deliver you.
24  Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; *
but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of 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.

THE LESSONS
Zechariah 7:8-8:8 (NRSV)

The word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying: Thus says the LORD of hosts: Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another. But they refused to listen, and turned a stubborn shoulder, and stopped their ears in order not to hear. They made their hearts adamant in order not to hear the law and the words that the LORD of hosts had sent by his spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great wrath came from the LORD of hosts. Just as, when I called, they would not hear, so, when they called, I would not hear, says the LORD of hosts, and I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations that they had not known. Thus the land they left was desolate, so that no one went to and fro, and a pleasant land was made desolate.

The word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath. Thus says the LORD: I will return to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts shall be called the holy mountain. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Even though it seems impossible to the remnant of this people in these days, should it also seem impossible to me, says the LORD of hosts? Thus says the LORD of hosts: I will save my people from the east country and from the west country; and I will bring them to live in Jerusalem. They shall be my people and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.

Canticle: The Song of Moses
Exodus 15:1-6, 11-13, 17-18

I will sing to the Lord, for he is lofty and uplifted; *
the horse and its rider has he hurled into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my refuge; *
the Lord has become my Savior.
This is my God and I will praise him, *
the God of my people and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a mighty warrior; *
Yahweh is his Name.
The chariots of Pharaoh and his army has he hurled into the sea;
the finest of those who bear armor have been drowned in the Red Sea.
The fathomless deep has overwhelmed them; *
they sank into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in might; *
your right hand, O Lord, has overthrown the enemy.
Who can be compared with you, O Lord, among the gods? *
who is like you, glorious in holiness,
awesome in renown, and worker of wonders?
You stretched forth your right hand; *
the earth swallowed them up.
With your constant love you led the people you redeemed; *
with your might you brought them in safety to your holy dwelling.
You will bring them in and plant them *
on the mount of your possession,
The resting-place you have made for yourself, O Lord, *
the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hand has established.
The Lord shall reign *
for ever and 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.

Revelation 4:9—5:5 (NRSV)

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the one who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing,

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”

Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Canticle: Song of the Redeemed
Revelation 15:3-4

O ruler of the universe, Lord God,
great deeds are they that you have done, *
surpassing human understanding.
Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, *
O King of all the ages.

Who can fail to do you homage, Lord
and sing the praises of your Name? *
for you only are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and fall down before you *
because your just and holy works have been revealed.

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.

Hieronymus Francken the Younger: Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, c. 1616. (Wikipedia)

Hieronymus Francken the Younger: Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, c. 1616. (Wikipedia)

Matthew 25:1-13 (NRSV)

Jesus said, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

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.

V.  Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
R.  Govern and uphold them, now and always.
V.  Day by day we bless you;
R.  We praise your Name for ever.
V.  Lord, keep us from all sin today;
R.  Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V.  Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R.  For we put our trust in you.
V.  In you, Lord, is our hope;
R.  And we shall never hope in vain.

Nameplate or masthead of William Lloyd Garrison's abolitionist newspaer The Liberator, which featured numerous essays by Maria Stewart. She was a freeborn African-American writer, speaker and teacher, later the Head Matron of Freedom's Hospital in Washington, D.C., which became the renowned Howard University.

Nameplate or masthead of William Lloyd Garrison’s trailblazing abolitionist newspaer The Liberator, which featured numerous essays by Maria Stewart. She was a freeborn African-American writer, speaker and teacher.

Collect of the Day: William Lloyd Garrison and Maria Stewart, Prophetic Witnesses, 1879

God, in whose service alone is perfect freedom: We thank you for your prophets William Lloyd Garrison and Maria Stewart, who testified that we are made not by the color of our skin but by the principle formed in our soul. Fill us, like them, with the hope and determination to break every chain of enslavement, that bondage and ignorance may melt like wax before flames, and we may build that community of justice and love which is founded on Jesus Christ our cornerstone; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Dioceses of Yambio, Sudan

Thursday Morning Prayer List

In Places of War, Political Unrest & Violence
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, México, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, Yemen

For peace in these nations
For military personnel
For civilians in danger zones
For first responders and emergency workers

Please add your own intercessions, supplications and thanksgivings here.

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.

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.

God’s blessing be with us,
Christ’s peace be with us,
the Spirit’s outpouring be with us,
now and always. Amen.++

VIDEO: Calm Me, Lord (Margaret Rizza, David Adam) – uncredited musicians, 2008

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