Evening Prayer 2.8.16, Samuel Ferguson, Bishop of Liberia, 1916

John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.”

We are sorry to learn that St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town has suffered a partial collapse of its roof; no one was injured, but it's going to take a million dollars to fix it. Cathedral leaders knew the roof was bad and had already started fundraising, but after torrential rains they found out it was worse than they feared. (Cathedral photo)

We are sorry to learn that St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town has suffered a partial collapse of its roof; no one was injured, but it’s going to take a million dollars to fix it. Cathedral leaders knew the roof was bad and had already started fundraising, but after torrential rains they found out it was worse than they feared. This was Desmond Tutu’s cathedral, the seat of the Anglican Primate of Southern Africa, and now it faces costly repairs. (Cathedral photo)

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:2

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

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 78:40-72

40  How often the people disobeyed God in the wilderness *
and offended the LORD in the desert!
41  Again and again they tempted God *
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42  They did not remember God’s power *
in the day when God ransomed them from the enemy;
43  How God wrought signs in Egypt *
and omens in the field of Zoan.
44  God turned their rivers into blood, *
so that they could not drink of their streams.
45  God sent swarms of flies among them, which ate them up, *
and frogs, which destroyed them.
46  God gave their crops to the caterpillar, *
the fruit of their toil to the locust.
47  God killed their vines with hail *
and their sycamores with frost.
48  God delivered their cattle to hailstones *
and their livestock to hot thunderbolts.
59  God poured out upon them blazing anger: *
fury, indignation, and distress,
a troop of destroying angels.
50  God did not spare their souls from death; *
but delivered their lives to the plague.
51  God struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, *
the flower of manhood in the dwellings of Ham.
52  God led out the chosen people like sheep *
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53  God led them to safety, and they were not afraid; *
but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54  God brought them to the holy land, *
to the mountain won by God’s own hand.
55  The LORD drove out the Canaanites before them
and apportioned an inheritance to them by lot; *
God made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

56  But they tested and defied the LORD, *
and did not keep the commandments of the Most High.
57  They turned away and were disloyal like their ancestors; *
they were undependable like a warped bow.
58  They grieved God with their hill-altars *
and provoked God’s displeasure with their idols.
59  Hearing this, God was angry *
and utterly rejected Israel.
60  God forsook the shrine at Shiloh, *
the tabernacle where God had lived among mortals.
61  God delivered the ark into captivity, *
God’s glory into the adversary’s hand.
62  God gave the chosen people to the sword *
and was mightily angered against them.
63  The fire consumed their young men; *
there were no wedding songs for their young women.
64  Their priests fell by the sword, *
and their widows made no lamentation.

65  Then the LORD woke as though from sleep, *
like a warrior refreshed with wine.
66  These enemies God struck on the backside *
and put them to perpetual shame.
67  God rejected the tent of Joseph *
and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68  God chose instead the tribe of Judah *
and Mount Zion, the beloved.
69  God built the holy sanctuary like the heights of heaven, *
like the earth which God founded for ever.
60  God chose David to serve, *
and took him away from the sheepfolds.
71  God brought him from tending the sheep, *
to be a shepherd over Jacob, the chosen people,
and over Israel, the chosen inheritance.
72  So David shepherded them with a faithful and true heart *
and guided them with the skillfulness of his hands.

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 1:19-28 (NRSV)

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,'” as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

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 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.

Bishop Ferguson, born in South Carolina and raised in Liberia, taught school before he was ordained, and later founded Cuttington University, the jewel of the nation's educational system. (Wikipedia)

Bishop Ferguson, born in South Carolina and raised in Liberia, taught school before he was ordained, and later founded Cuttington University, the jewel of the nation’s educational system. (Wikipedia)

Collect of the Day: Samuel Ferguson, Missionary Bishop for West Africa, 1916

Almighty God, we bless you for moving your servant Samuel Ferguson to minister in Liberia, expanding the missionary vision of your Church in education and ministry. Stir up in us a zeal for your mission and a yearning for your holy Word; through Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Aid against Perils

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Tuesday Evening Prayer List

For the Departed
Police officers killed in Dallas, Baton Rouge and elsewhere
Young men of Color
80 killed in terror attack in Nice
Pulse 49
Ron Lehman

For Those Who Mourn
Br. John

Please add your own prayers here.

Prayer for Mission

O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the Spirit of love, that in companionship with one another your abounding grace may increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.++

VIDEO: Bless the Lord – Myron Butler, 2012

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