Morning Prayer 2.7.16, Gladden, Riis & Rauschenbusch, Prophetic Witnesses of the 20th Century

If we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

The Rev. Washington Gladden was the religion editor of the New York Independent, the first U.S. clergyman to endorse labour unions, and a staunch oppnent of racial segregation. (ohiohistorycentral.org)

The Rev. Washington Gladden was the religion editor of the New York Independent, the first U.S. clergyman to endorse labour unions, and a staunch oppnent of racial segregation. (ohiohistorycentral.org)

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

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 137:1-8

1  By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, *
when we remembered you, O Zion.
2  As for our harps, we hung them up *
on the trees in the midst of that land.
3  For those who led us away captive asked us for a song,
and our oppressors called for mirth: *
“Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
4  How shall we sing the LORD’s song *
upon an alien soil?
5  If I forget you, O Jerusalem, *
let my right hand forget its skill.
6  Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you, *
if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.

7  Remember the day of Jerusalem, O LORD,
against the people of Edom, *
who said, “Down with it! down with it!
even to the ground!”
8  O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, *
happy the one who pays you back
for what you have done to us!

Psalm 144

1  Blessed be the LORD my rock! *
who trains my hands to fight and my fingers to battle;
2  My help and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, *
my shield in whom I trust,
who subdues the peoples under me.
3  O LORD, what are we that you should care for us? *
mere mortals that you should think of us?
4  We are like a puff of wind; *
our days are like a passing shadow.
5  Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down; *
touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6  Hurl the lightning and scatter them; *
shoot out your arrows and rout them.
7  Stretch out your hand from on high; *
rescue me and deliver me from the great waters,
from the hand of foreign peoples,
8  Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
9  O God, I will sing to you a new song; *
I will play to you on a ten-stringed lyre.
10  You give victory to rulers *
and have rescued David your servant.
11  Rescue me from the hurtful sword *
and deliver me from the hand of foreign peoples,
12  Whose mouths speak deceitfully *
and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
13  May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth, *
and our daughters like sculptured corners of a palace.
14  May our barns be filled to overflowing with all manner of crops; *
may the flocks in our pastures increase by thousands and tens of thousands;
may our cattle be fat and sleek.
15  May there be no breaching of the walls, no going into exile, *
no wailing in the public squares.
16  Happy are the people of whom this is so! *
happy are the people whose God is the LORD!

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
Numbers 24:12-25 (NRSV)

And Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not tell your messengers whom you sent to me, ‘If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not be able to go beyond the word of the LORD, to do either good or bad of my own will; what the LORD says, that is what I will say’? So now, I am going to my people; let me advise you what this people will do to your people in days to come.”

So he uttered his oracle, saying:
“The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,
the oracle of the man whose eye is clear,
the oracle of one who hears the words of God,
and knows the knowledge of the Most High,
who sees the vision of the Almighty,
who falls down, but with his eyes uncovered:
I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near—
a star shall come out of Jacob,
and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;
it shall crush the borderlands of Moab,
and the territory of all the Shethites.
Edom will become a possession,
Seir a possession of its enemies,
while Israel does valiantly.
One out of Jacob shall rule,
and destroy the survivors of Ir.”

Then he looked on Amalek, and uttered his oracle, saying:
“First among the nations was Amalek,
but its end is to perish forever.”

Then he looked on the Kenite, and uttered his oracle, saying:
“Enduring is your dwelling place,
and your nest is set in the rock;
yet Kain is destined for burning.
How long shall Asshur take you away captive?”

Again he uttered his oracle, saying:
“Alas, who shall live when God does this?
But ships shall come from Kittim
and shall afflict Asshur and Eber;
and he also shall perish forever.”

Then Balaam got up and went back to his place, and Balak also went his way.

Canticle: A Song of Creation
Benedicite Indianensis
By Josh Thomas

Iroquois River at Kentland, Indiana (U.S. Geological Survey)

Iroquois River at Kentland, Indiana: mud creek. (U.S. Geological Survey)

Give thanks to our God who is gracious and good;
whose lovingkindness embraces us for ever.
You sun and moon, stars of the wide sky:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
Pink dawn and red sunset, dark night and bright day:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
All hills of the south and plains of the north:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
You rivers and lakes, bubbling springs and mud creeks:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
From the banks of the Wabash, Ohio, and White:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
You catfish and walleyes, you bass of all stripes,
bluegills and crappies, salmon and pike:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
You maples and hickories, sycamores and tall pines:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
Pumas and owls, you chipmunks and snakes,
cardinals, bluejays, finches, titmice:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
You cranes of the sand, blowing winds of the dunes:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
O cornstalks, O soybeans, O cattle, O sheep!
Give to our God your thanks and praise.
Miamis and Weas, you Builders of Mounds,
Potawatomis, Shawnees, Kickapoos, Munsees:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
Boilermakers, Hoosiers, you racers and pacers:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
Forgers of steel and crafters of prose:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
Composers and rockers, actors on cue:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
Astronauts, pharmacists, painters and clowns:
praise you our God in a Top Ten List.
Soldiers of Lincoln, abolitionists underground,
escapees, upbuilders, you settlers who stayed:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
All colors, all nations, a rainbow array:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
You saints and martyrs of this good green land:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
You prophets and priests, lay readers and guilds:
give to our God your thanks and praise.
All children and elders, all women and men:
for Indiana, we give God
our thanks and our praise.

Romans 8:18-25 (NRSV)

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

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.

Matthew 22:23-40 (NRSV)

The same day some Sadducees came to Jesus, saying there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies childless, his brother shall marry the widow, and raise up children for his brother.’ Now there were seven brothers among us; the first married, and died childless, leaving the widow to his brother. The second did the same, so also the third, down to the seventh. Last of all, the woman herself died. In the resurrection, then, whose wife of the seven will she be? For all of them had married her.”

Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is God not of the dead, but of the living.” And when the crowd heard it, they were astounded at his teaching.

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

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 with your Holy Spirit.

Walter Rauschenbusch, a pastor and theologian, identified "social sins" Christ bore on the Cross: greed combined with political power; militarism; and class contempt. His great-grandson the Rev. Paul Raushenbush is now religion editor of The Huffington Post. ¶ Washington Gladden was a clergyman-editor who exposed corruption in New York politics and was the first American pastor to support labor unions. Jacob Riis was a reporter and photographer who covered the poorest, most crime-ridden parts of the city.

Walter Rauschenbusch, a pastor and theologian, identified “social sins” Christ bore on the Cross: greed combined with political power; militarism; and class contempt. His great-grandson the Rev. Paul Raushenbush is now religion editor of The Huffington Post. ¶ Jacob Riis was a New York reporter and photographer who covered the poorest, most crime-ridden parts of the city; his pictures are still widely published.

Collect of the Day: Walter Rauschenbusch, Washington Gladden and Jacob Riis, Prophetic Witnesses, 1918, 1918, 1914

Loving God, you call us to do justice and love kindness: we thank you for the witness of Walter Rauschenbusch, Washington Gladden and Jacob Riis, reformers of society; and we pray that, following their examples of faithfulness to the Gospel, we may be ever mindful of the suffering of those who are poor and work diligently for the reform of our communities; through Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday Morning Prayer List

For Those Seeking God’s Will
Dioceses of Central New York, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, North Carolina, Spokane and Western North Carolina: new bishops
Jerry, Brad & Danny, vocation
Dinah, religious life
Diocesan Commissions on Ministry

The Rt. Rev. Gladstone "Skip" Adams, retiring Bishop of Central New York, is posed to accept a call as Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, pending an upcoming election. TEC in SC is the loyalist portion of the old Diocese of SC, which was wrecked by schism led by an anti-Gay bishop who promised, if he was confirmed, to stay in TEC, then bolted the minute he could. (CNY diocesan photo)

The Rt. Rev. Gladstone “Skip” Adams, retiring Bishop of Central New York, is poised to accept a call as Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, pending an upcoming election. TEC in SC is the loyalist portion of the old Diocese of SC, which was wrecked by schism led by an anti-Gay bishop who promised, if he was confirmed, to stay in TEC, then bolted the minute he could. As the Church Fathers testified long ago, anyone willing to break communion is willing to break the truth too. (CNY diocesan photo)

For Religious Orders and Communities
Community of St. Mary at the Cross, UK
Community of St. Mary the Virgin, UK
Community of the Blessed Lady Mary, Zimbabwe
Community of the Gifts of the Holy Fire, Zimbabwe
Community of the Gospel, USA

Please add your own prayers here.

For Mission

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. 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.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14++

(Greenbrier Valley Flood Recovery & Relief)

(Greenbrier Valley Flood Recovery & Relief)

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One Response to Morning Prayer 2.7.16, Gladden, Riis & Rauschenbusch, Prophetic Witnesses of the 20th Century

  1. JEROME MILLER says:

    BLESSINGS!!!

    Je’-Rome H. Miller Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 19:48:41 +0000 To: jeromearts@hotmail.com

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