Evening Prayer 6.7.16, Jan Hus, Forerunner of the Reformation & Martyr, 1415

You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell?

First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, whose pastor Robert Jeffress, the influential pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, explains that “any Christian who would sit at home and not vote for the Republican nominee” is “motivated by pride rather than principle.”

The multimillion-dollar campus of First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, whose politically-connected pastor is lately criticizing “any Christian who would sit at home and not vote for the Republican nominee” as “motivated by pride rather than principle.” Where is that idea in the Bible? (Fluidity Design)

Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter. Psalm 74:15-16

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: O Gracious Light
Phos hilaron

O gracious Light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.

Psalm 12

1  Help me, LORD, for there is no godly one left; *
the faithful have vanished from among us.
2  All speak falsely with their neighbor; *
with a smooth tongue they speak from a double heart.
3  Oh, that the LORD would cut off all smooth tongues, *
and close the lips that utter proud boasts!
4  Those who say, “With our tongue will we prevail; *
our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”
5  “Because the needy are oppressed,
and the poor cry out in misery, *
I will rise up,” says the LORD,
“and give them the help they long for.”
6  The words of the LORD are pure words, *
like silver refined from ore
and purified seven times in the fire.
7  O LORD, watch over us *
and save us from this generation for ever.
8  The wicked prowl on every side, *
and that which is worthless is highly prized by everyone.

Psalm 13

1  How long, O LORD?
will you forget me for ever? *
how long will you hide your face from me?
2  How long shall I have perplexity in my mind,
and grief in my heart, day after day? *
how long shall my enemy triumph over me?
3  Look upon me and answer me, O LORD my God; *
give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;
4  Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed,” *
and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.
5  But I put my trust in your mercy; *
my heart is joyful because of your saving help.
6  I will sing to you, O LORD,
for you have dealt with me richly; *
I will praise the Name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 14

1  Fools say in their heart, “There is no God.” *
All are corrupt and commit abominable acts;
there is none who does any good.
2  The LORD looks down from heaven upon us all, *
to see if there is any who is wise,
if there is one who seeks after God.
3  Every one has proved faithless;
all alike have turned bad; *
there is none who does good; no, not one.
4  Have they no knowledge, all those evildoers *
who eat up my people like bread
and do not call upon the LORD?
5  See how they tremble with fear, *
because God is in the company of the righteous.
6  Their aim is to confound the plans of the afflicted, *
but the LORD is their refuge.
7  Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come out of Zion! *
when the LORD restores the fortunes of the chosen people,
Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad.

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.

Jesus Confronts the Sadducees. (Bible Pictures)

Jesus Confronts the Sadducees. (Ultimate Bible Pictures)

THE LESSON
Matthew 23:27-39 (NRSV)

Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors. You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell?

“Therefore I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. Truly I tell you, all this will come upon this generation.

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you, desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'”

Canticle: The Song of Simeon
Luke 2:29-32

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
and the glory of your people Israel.

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.

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may depart this life in your faith and fear,
and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit
in the communion of all your saints,
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.

Jan Hus statue, Prague. Hus was a priest and professor at Charles University in Prague who often promoted the writings of John Wycliffe, whose doubts about Church teaching still sound radical to most Anglicans today (except perhaps in Sydney). But the violence with which the Church met them is equally shocking; people were murdered for believing the wrong things. Among the controversies: the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacrament (Hus favored consubstantiation, not transsubstantiation, though the differences seem largely technical today), selling of indulgences, the moral laxity of clergy and religious, and the centrality of Scripture in determining doctrine. But here's one you may not have heard of: Rome taught that the Church consisted solely of those who were ordained. Thus without the Church no one could be saved. It didn't take a scholar to point out that nowhere in the Bible is such a thing suggested - which was the whole problem in a nutshell. Wycliffe and Hus both paid with their lives for pointing that out. (Wikipedia)

Jan Hus statue, Prague. Hus was a priest and professor who often promoted the writings of John Wycliffe, whose doubts about Church teaching still sound radical to most Anglicans today (except perhaps in Sydney). But the violence with which the Church met them is equally shocking; people were murdered for believing the wrong things. Among the controversies: the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacrament (Hus favored consubstantiation, not transsubstantiation, though the differences seem largely technical today), selling of indulgences, the moral laxity of clergy and religious, and the centrality of Scripture in determining doctrine. But here’s one you may not have heard of: Rome taught that the Church consisted solely of those who were ordained. Thus without the Church no one could be saved. It didn’t take a scholar to point out that nowhere in the Bible is such a thing suggested – which was the whole problem in a nutshell. Wycliffe and Hus both paid with their lives – and Bohemia turned 95% Protestant. (Wikipedia)

Collect of the Day: John Hus, Prophetic Witness and Martyr, 1415

Faithful God, you gave Jan Hus the courage to confess your truth and recall your Church to the image of Christ: Enable us, inspired by his example, to bear witness against corruption and never cease to pray for our enemies, that we may prove faithful followers of our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Protection

O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful, the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead: We thank you for the blessings of the day that is past, and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night. Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through him who died and rose again for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Carcross, Yukon, a few days ago. (Steve Helmreich)

For the beauty of the Earth: Carcross, Yukon, a few days ago. (Steve Helmreich)

For the Beauty of the Earth

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Peace

Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.

Wednesday Evening Prayer List

For Disaster Victims
Suicide bombers in Turkey, Iraq, Bangladesh & Saudi Arabia
Floods in West Virginia
Pulse Nightclub, Orlando: pray also for the living
Drought in Southern Africa, India and Papua New Guinea
Refugee Crisis in the Middle East and Europe
Famine in Ethiopia and South Sudan

For Prisoners
Matthew

Prisoners of ISIS & Boko Haram: #BringBackOurGirls
Victims of human trafficking, including U.S. & Australian detainees
Guantanamo; political prisoners

The innocent, the guilty, the victims of crime
Children and families of prisoners
Prison chaplains and ministries, especially Sally & Francesca
John P. Craine House, diversion and prevention programs
Sr. Helen Prejean and all prison reformers
All who are condemned to die

For those who suffer for the sake of Conscience

O God our Father, whose Son forgave his enemies while he was suffering shame and death: Strengthen those who suffer for the sake of conscience; when they are accused, save them from speaking in hate; when they are rejected, save them from bitterness; when they are imprisoned, save them from despair; and to us your servants, give grace to respect their witness and to discern the truth, that our society may be cleansed and strengthened. This we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ, our merciful and righteous Judge. Amen.

Prayer 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. 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.++

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