Morning Prayer 1.6.16, Justin, Martyr at Rome, c. 167

That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by.

Donald W. Duncan died in obscurity seven years ago, a Vietnam veteran and Green Beret who became one of the first opponents of the war after his return. He appeared on the cover of Ramparts, a left-wing Catholic magazine that achieved many scoops: CIA funding for a Vietnam technical assistance program run by Michigan State University; the first denunciation of napalm used in the war; the diaries of Che Guevara and Eldridge Cleaver (the latter was later published in book form as Soul on Ice). The magazine was targeted by the CIA - a violation of the National Security Act of 1947 - which suspected it was funded by Soviets; it was forced into bankruptcy when it published schematics for a device allowing people to make free phone calls, outraging the Pacific Bell Telephone Company. In later years Duncan completely dropped out of sight; he had disappeared to Madison, Indiana, helped found an antipoverty agency, and remained a Roman Catholic all his life. When he died his hometown obituary made no mention of his antiwar activism and friendship with Joan Baez, the Berrigan Brothers and "Hanoi Jane" Fonda. The New York Times, which prepares advance obituaries of interesting national and world figures, couldn't find him when it started its research, but finally tracked down his two daughters in New Jersey, and published the whole story two weeks ago.

Donald W. Duncan died in obscurity seven years ago, a Vietnam veteran and Green Beret who became one of the first opponents of the war after his return. He appeared on the cover of Ramparts, a left-wing Catholic magazine that achieved many scoops: CIA funding for a Vietnam technical assistance program run by Michigan State University; the first denunciation of napalm used in the war; the diaries of Che Guevara and Eldridge Cleaver. The magazine was targeted by the CIA and forced into bankruptcy when it published schematics for a device allowing people to make free phone calls, outraging the Bell Telephone Company. In later years Duncan dropped out of sight; he had disappeared to smalltown Madison, Indiana, helped found an antipoverty agency, and remained a practicing Roman Catholic all his life. When he died, his hometown paper made no mention of his antiwar activism and friendship with Joan Baez, the Berrigan Brothers and “Hanoi Jane” Fonda. The New York Times, which prepares advance obituaries of noteworthy people, couldn’t find him when it started its research in April – too many “Don Duncans” in the USA – but finally tracked down his two daughters and published the whole story two weeks ago, seven years late but still an exclusive. They knew they had their man when the little hometown paper mentioned his stepsister, the actress Mitzi Gaynor.

Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Psalm 43:3

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 119:49-72

49  Remember your word to your servant, *
because you have given me hope.
50  This is my comfort in my trouble, *
that your promise gives me life.
51 The proud have derided me cruelly, *
but I have not turned from your law.
52 When I remember your judgments of old, *
O LORD, I take great comfort.
53  I am filled with a burning rage, *
because of the wicked who forsake your law.
54  Your statutes have been like songs to me *
wherever I have lived as a stranger.
55  I remember your name in the night, O LORD, *
and dwell upon your law.
56  This is how it has been with me, *
because I have kept your commandments.

57  You only are my portion, O LORD; *
I have promised to keep your words.
58  I entreat you with all my heart, *
be merciful to me according to your promise.
59  I have considered my ways *
and turned my feet toward your decrees.
60  I hasten and do not tarry *
to keep your commandments.
61  Though the cords of the wicked entangle me, *
I do not forget your law.
62  At midnight I will rise to give you thanks, *
because of your righteous judgments.
63  I am a companion of all who fear you *
and of those who keep your commandments.
64  The earth, O LORD, is full of your love; *
instruct me in your statutes.

65  O LORD, you have dealt graciously with your servant, *
according to your word.
66  Teach me discernment and knowledge, *
for I have believed in your commandments.
67  Before I was afflicted I went astray, *
but now I keep your word.
68  You are good and you bring forth good; *
instruct me in your statutes.
69  The proud have smeared me with lies, *
but I will keep your commandments with my whole heart.
70  Their heart is gross and fat, *
but my delight is in your law.
71  It is good for me that I have been afflicted, *
that I might learn your statutes.
72  The law of your mouth is dearer to me *
than thousands in gold and silver.

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
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 (NRSV)

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

What gain have the workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. I know that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by.

Canticle: Third Song of Isaiah
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.

Galatians 2:11-21 (NRSV)

But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood self-condemned; for until certain people came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But after they came, he drew back and kept himself separate for fear of the circumcision faction. And the other Jews joined him in this hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not acting consistently with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law. But if, in our effort to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have been found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor. For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.

Canticle: Song of Zechariah
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 14:1-12 (NRSV)

At that time Herod the ruler heard reports about Jesus; and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead, and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” For Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because John had been telling him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Though Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded him as a prophet. But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and she pleased Herod so much that he promised on oath to grant her whatever she might ask. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” The king was grieved, yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he commanded it to be given; he sent and had John beheaded in the prison. The head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who brought it to her mother. His disciples came and took the body and buried it; then they went and told Jesus.

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.

Justin was a pagan who fell into conversation one day with a man on the beach, who told him about Jesus. He became a great apologist, with three of his arguments still known and read today. He and six companions were martyred under Marcus Aurelius for refusing to sacrifice to Rome's pagan gods. (iconographer unknown)

Justin was a pagan who fell into conversation one day with a man on the beach, who told him about Jesus. He became a great apologist, with three of his arguments still known and read today. He and six companions were martyred under Marcus Aurelius for refusing to sacrifice to Rome’s pagan gods. (iconographer unknown)

Collect of the Day: Justin, Martyr at Rome, c. 167

Almighty and everlasting God, you found your martyr Justin wandering from teacher to teacher, seeking the true God, and you revealed to him the sublime wisdom of your eternal Word: Grant that all who seek you, or a deeper knowledge of you, may find and be found by you; 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 Grace

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power; that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For joy in God's creation: Indian camas. It's edible, a member of the asparagus family, prized by some American Indians for its medicinal properties. (William and Wilma Follette)

For joy in God’s creation: Indian camas. It’s edible, a member of the asparagus family, prized by the Nez Perce Indians of the American Northwest for its spiritual and medicinal properties. Several camas prairies still exist, some protected by the government and others in private hands. (William and Wilma Follette)

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.

Wednesday Morning Prayer List

Healing of Body, Mind & Soul
Joan, chemo
Jon, diabetic macular edema
David, Kevin’s father
AJF & Little Franny
Fr. Jack Haney, heart and brain
Fr. Robert Hughes, Parkinson’s
Colleen, multiple health issues
Tim, bone cancer
Michele, lymphoma
Harry, chemo
Harry K., bone marrow/vision
Honorary Deacon Clint, soul-medic

For Caregivers & Families
Yvonne
Brooke
Paul
Peggy

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.

May the blessing of the God of Abraham and Sarah, and of Jesus Christ born of our sister Mary, and of the Holy Spirit, who broods over the world as a mother over her children, be upon us and remain with us always. Amen.++

VIDEO: 10,000 Reasons (Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, based on Ps. 103:1-5) – Matt Redman, 2012

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