Evening Prayer 24.9.16, Eighteenth Ordinary Saturday

At daybreak Jesus departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them.

Victor Scheinman has died, a mechanical engineer at Stanford University who invented the first manufacturing robot to win widespread adoption by industry. Known as the Stanford Arm and featuring six joints, it could be programmed to perform a wide variety of tasks precisely, repeatedly and safely. It built everything from fuel pumps and windshield wipers to inkjet cartridges; he made a lot of money and went on to other robotics ventures. He got his start when, as a child, he was freaked out by an old horror movie about invaders from outer space, called "The Day the Earth Stood Still." It had a big, low-budget piece of tin that took over Washington, D.C. for awhile and made little Vic hide under the covers for weeks. To coax him back out, his father talked him into building a scale model of Gort, and that got the boy to thinking. I bet God takes a special interest in human inventions; "Let's see what these little mortals have come up with now." God can spot a winner a mile away. (Bruce Baumgart, Stanford University)

Victor Scheinman has died, a mechanical engineer at Stanford University who invented the first manufacturing robot to win widespread adoption by industry. Known as the Stanford Arm and featuring six joints, it could be programmed to perform a wide variety of tasks precisely, repeatedly and safely. It built everything from fuel pumps and windshield wipers to inkjet cartridges; Scheinman made a lot of money, sold the company and went on to other robotics ventures. He got his start when, as a child, he was freaked out by an old horror movie about invaders from outer space, called “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” It had a big, low-budget piece of tin that took over Washington, D.C. for awhile and made little Vic hide under the covers for weeks. To coax him back out, his father talked him into building a scale model of Gort, the robot monster, and that got the boy to thinking. ¶ Perhaps God takes an interest in great human inventions; “Let’s see what these puny mortals have come up with now.” Maybe God even played with the Stanford Arm when nobody was looking. (Bruce Baumgart, Stanford University)

If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night,” darkness is not dark to you, O Lord; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to you are both alike. Psalm 139:10-11

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

O God, be not far from us.
Come quickly to help us, O 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. Alleluia.

Hymn: Light of the World
Phos hilaron

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 136

1  Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
2  Give thanks to the God of gods, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
3  Give thanks to the Lord of lords, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
4  Who only does great wonders, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
5  Who by wisdom made the heavens, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
6  Who spread out the earth upon the waters, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
7  Who created great lights, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
8  The sun to rule the day, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
9  The moon and the stars to govern the night, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
10  Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
11  And brought out Israel from among them, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
12  With a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
13  Who divided the Red Sea in two, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
14  And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
15  But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
16  Who led the chosen people through the wilderness, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
17  Who struck down great rulers, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
18  And slew mighty kings, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
19  Sihon, king of the Amorites, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
20  And Og, the king of Bashan, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
21  And gave away their lands for an inheritance, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
22  An inheritance for Israel, the chosen servant, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
23  Who remembered us in our low estate, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
24  And delivered us from our enemies, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever;
25  Who gives food to all creatures, *
for the mercy of God endures for ever.
26  Give thanks to the God of heaven, *
for the mercy of God endures 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.

John Bridges: Jesus Heals Peter's Mother-in-Law

John Bridges: Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-Law

THE LESSON
Luke 4:38-44 (NRSV)

After leaving the synagogue Jesus entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them.

As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them. Demons also came out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah.

At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea.

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, his only son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He 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,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
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.

The U.S. National Museum of African-American History and Culture is to have its grand opening today in Washington, D.C., and crowds are eager to see it - including these special guests, about whom there is an exhibit. In 1951, years before a famous Supreme Court case ordered an end to racial segregation in schools - before Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King - these were high school students who came up with a secret plan to protest the substandard conditions in their all-black school in little Kinston, North Carolina. The white school across town was well-equipped, while theirs was falling apart, so they decided to organize a surprise walkout. They didn't tell their parents or teachers, but when they heard a coded message from their classmate in the lower left, they all went outside, gathered some protest signs they had hidden and paraded to downtown, which was a complete shock to local politicians and townspeople. The next day they went back to school and carried on as if nothing had happened. But it had; and within a year and a half, they got a new gymnasium, new classrooms and activity areas. They were 15, 16, 17 years old and they did what adults could not do; they challenged the system and won - all because John Dudley, now 83 but then the vice-president of the senior class, announced to the whole school that “Carolyn Coefield has lost her little red pocketbook.” So they all went out to look for it and just kept right on going! What a thrill now to be back together again at this exciting new museum opening so many centuries in the making. (Nikki Kahn/Washington Post)

The U.S. National Museum of African-American History and Culture is to have its grand opening today in Washington, D.C., and crowds are eager to see it – including these special guests, about whom there is an exhibit. In 1951, years before a famous Supreme Court case ordered an end to racial segregation in schools – before Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King – these were high school students who came up with a secret plan to protest the substandard conditions in their all-black school in little Kinston, North Carolina. The white school across town was well-equipped, while theirs was falling apart, so they decided to organize a surprise walkout. They didn’t tell their parents or teachers, but when they heard a coded message from their classmate John (lower left), the whole school went outside, gathered protest signs they had hidden and paraded downtown, shocking local politicians and townspeople. The next day they went back to school and carried on as if nothing had happened. But it had; and within a year and a half, they got a new gymnasium, new classrooms and activity areas. They were 15, 16, 17 years old and they did what adults could not do, they challenged the system and won – all because John Dudley, now 83 but then the vice-president of the senior class, announced to the whole school that “Carolyn Coefield has lost her little red pocketbook.” So they all went out to look for it and just kept right on going. What a thrill now to be back together again at this exciting museum opening, so many centuries in the making. (Nikki Kahn/Washington Post)

Collect of the Day: Proper 20

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things which are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For Peace

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays

O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending day upon us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship on the morrow give you glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday Evening Prayer List: For the Church

For Our Mission Partners
Cuttington University School of Nursing, Liberia
The American Friends of Cuttington, New York
Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion, New York
Diocese of Brasilia Afterschool Program, Brazil
Rosebud Episcopal Mission, South Dakota
St. André’s School, Mithon, Haiti

For Mission

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13++

VIDEO: Eternal light, shine in our hearts (#489, Tallis’ Ordinal, Thomas Tallis; Epistle to Diagnetus, c. 150, tr. F. Bland Tucker, rev.) – Andrew Remillard, piano, 2015

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