Morning Prayer 2.11.16, All Faithful Departed

We could say more but could never say enough;
let the final word be: “He is the all.”

The late R. Ervin Faulkenberry, my first mentor in the faith, one of several Church Army evangelists to whom this site is dedicated. He took Roland Allen's advice about identifying and empowering local leaders when he arrived in my home parish, even though I was just a teenager. For better or worse, everything we do on this site is related to something Ervin taught me. He was smart, funny, kind, shrewd, a master teacher, courageous civil rights leader and foot soldier for Christ. (family photo)

Every year on All Souls’ Day we highlight the patron saints of this site, my mentors in the Church Army: the evangelists Ervin Faulkenberry, Howard E. Galley Jr., the Rev. Sr. Brooke Bushong, Tom Tull and Bob Gillespie. The late Ervin Faulkenberry, my first mentor in the faith, took Roland Allen’s advice about identifying and empowering local leaders when he arrived in my home parish – including me, even though I was just a teenager. Today everything we do on this site comes from something Ervin taught me, once a week for three years. He was smart, funny, kind, shrewd, a master teacher and raconteur, courageous civil rights leader and missionary for Christ. He was also totally committed to his Second Amendment right to fire off his potato gun whenever he felt like it, though he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. (family photo)

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 72

1  Give the king your justice, O God, *
and your righteousness to the king’s son;
2  That he may rule your people righteously *
and the poor with justice;
3  That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *
and the little hills bring righteousness.
4  He shall defend the needy among the people, *
and shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
5  He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *
from one generation to another.
6  He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *
like showers that water the earth.
7  In his time shall the righteous flourish; *
there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.
8  He shall rule from sea to sea, *
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9  His foes shall bow down before him, *
and his enemies lick the dust.
10  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute, *
and the rulers of Arabia and Saba offer gifts.
11  All kings shall bow down before him, *
and all the nations do him service.
12  For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, *
and the oppressed who has no helper.
13  He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; *
and shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14  He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, *
and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15  Long may he live!
and may there be given to him gold from Arabia; *
may prayer be made for him always,
and may they bless him all the day long.
16  May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
growing thick even on the hilltops; *
may its fruit flourish like Lebanon,
and its grain like grass upon the earth.
17  May his name remain for ever
and be established as long as the sun endures; *
may all the nations bless themselves in him and call him blessed.

18  Blessed be the Lord GOD, the God of Israel, *
who alone does wondrous deeds!
19  And blessed be God’s glorious Name for ever! *
and may all the earth be filled with the glory of the LORD.
Amen. Amen.

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
Ecclesiasticus 43:23-33 (NRSV)

By his plan he stilled the deep
and planted islands in it.
Those who sail the sea tell of its dangers,
and we marvel at what we hear.
In it are strange and marvelous creatures,
all kinds of living things, and huge sea-monsters.
Because of him each of his messengers succeeds,
and by his word all things hold together.

We could say more but could never say enough;
let the final word be: “He is the all.”
Where can we find the strength to praise him?
For he is greater than all his works.
Awesome is the Lord and very great,
and marvelous is his power.
Glorify the Lord and exalt him as much as you can,
for he surpasses even that.
When you exalt him, summon all your strength,
and do not grow weary, for you cannot praise him enough.
Who has seen him and can describe him?
Or who can extol him as he is?
Many things greater than these lie hidden,
for I have seen but few of his works.
For the Lord has made all things,
and to the godly he has given wisdom.

Canticle: A Song of Hosea
Hosea 6:1-3

Come, let us return to our God, *
who has torn us and will heal us.
God has struck us and will bind up our wounds, *
after two days revive us,
On the third day restore us, *
that in God’s presence we may live.
Let us humble ourselves, let us strive to know the Lord, *
whose justice dawns like morning light,
its dawning as sure as the sunrise.
God’s justice will come to us like a shower, *
like spring rains that water the earth.

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 Rev. Sr. Brooke Bushong, C.A., deacon of New York, was one of four Church Army mentors who trained me and to whom this site is dedicated. She was a Christian educator, youth minister, justice worker and liturgist; her Prayer for Young Persons is included below. (Patti O'Kane)

The Rev. Sr. Brooke Bushong, C.A., deacon of New York, was another Church Army mentor who trained me and to whom this site is dedicated. She was a Christian educator, youth minister, justice worker and liturgist; her Prayer for Young Persons is included below. She was most closely associated with the Church and Theatre at St. Clement’s, off Broadway in New York City, a long-struggling parish which she kept together with duct tape, baling wire and sheer force of personality for decades until the money and growth plan finally kicked in, at which point parishioners demanded that their bishop ordain her; she consented to become a deacon only. In later years she was the keeper of the institutional memory and something of a liturgical and missionary diva, a role she perfected as understudy to Howard Galley. (Patti O’Kane)

Revelation 16:1-11 (NRSV)

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”

So the first angel went and poured his bowl on the earth, and a foul and painful sore came on those who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped its image.

The second angel poured his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing in the sea died.

The third angel poured his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say,

“You are just, O Holy One, who are and were,
for you have judged these things;
because they shed the blood of saints and prophets,
you have given them blood to drink.
It is what they deserve!”

And I heard the altar respond,
“Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty,
your judgments are true and just!”

The fourth angel poured his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch them with fire; they were scorched by the fierce heat, but they cursed the name of God, who had authority over these plagues, and they did not repent and give him glory.

The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness; people gnawed their tongues in agony, and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, and they did not repent of their deeds.

Canticle: A Song of the Spirit
Revelation 22:12-17

“Behold, I am coming soon,” says the Lord,
“and bringing my reward with me, *
to give to everyone according to their deeds.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, *
the beginning and the end.”
Blessed are those who do God’s commandments,
that they may have the right to the tree of life, *
and may enter the city through the gates.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to you, *
with this testimony for all the churches.
“I am the root and the offspring of David, *
I am the bright morning star.”
“Come!” say the Spirit and the Bride; *
“Come!” let each hearer reply!
Come forward, you who are thirsty, *
let those who desire take the water of life as a gift.

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.

Luke 13:10-17 (NRSV)

Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.

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.  Help us, O God our Savior;
R.  Deliver us and forgive us our sins.
V.  Look upon your congregation;
R.  Give to your people the blessing of peace.
V.  Declare your glory among the nations;
R.  And your wonders among all peoples.
V.  Do not let the oppressed be shamed and turned away;
R.  Never forget the lives of your poor.
V.  Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you;
R.  And your favor to those who are true of heart.
V.  Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning;
R.  So shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

My mentor Howard E. Galley Jr. of the Church Army was the General Editor of the 1979 U.S. Book of Common Prayer and the man I consider most responsible for it, because he was the only full-time staff member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy. Hundreds of experts helped put it together - Leo Malania and H. Boone Porter were among the most influential; thousands of others helped shape it and hundreds of thousands tried out its various incarnations before the book was finalized. But I was there, proofreading the Psalter under Howard's supervision, and I saw and heard every day his encyclopedic knowledge of the contents, his wisdom in guiding it to adoption, his defense of it when others tried to derail it, and I was present the first time its famous Eucharistic Prayer C, which he wrote, was publicly celebrated. He was a liturgical expert who mastered Church politics, which is what it takes to see a new book through to final approval. Its influence is worldwide, from Africa to New Zealand and Canada - and while he was shepherding hundreds of sniping committee members, jockeying consultants and wayward documents, he also served as Dean of the Church Army training school at General Seminary, New York. I had a front row seat at the greatest show on Broadway, and Howard Galley was the star.

Howard E. Galley Jr. of the Church Army was the General Editor of the 1979 U.S. Book of Common Prayer and the man I consider most responsible for it as the leading staff member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy. Hundreds of experts helped put it together – Leo Malania and H. Boone Porter were among the most influential; thousands of others helped shape it and hundreds of thousands tried out its various incarnations before the book was finalized. But I was there, proofreading the Psalter under Howard’s supervision, and I saw and heard every day his encyclopedic knowledge of the contents, his wisdom in guiding it to adoption, his defense of it when others tried to derail it, and I was present the first time its famous Eucharistic Prayer C, which he wrote, was publicly celebrated. He was a liturgical expert who mastered Church politics, which is what it takes to see a new book through to final approval, especially one which seemed like such a dramatic change at the time. The influence of the 1979 Book is worldwide, from Africa to New Zealand and Canada; while he was shepherding dozens of sniping committee members, jockeying consultants and wayward documents, he also served as Dean of the Church Army training institute at General Seminary, New York City. For a yearlong run I had a front row seat at the greatest show on Broadway, and Howard Galley was its undisputed star.

Collect of the Day: All Faithful Departed

O God, the Maker and Redeemer of all believers: Grant to the faithful departed the unsearchable benefits of the passion of your Son; that on the day of his appearing they may be manifested as your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

For Courts of Justice

Almighty God, you sit in the throne judging right: We humbly beseech you to bless the courts of justice and the magistrates in every land; and give to them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they may discern the truth, and impartially administer the law in the fear of you alone; through him who shall come to be our Judge, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

For Young Persons
By the Rev. Sr. Brooke Bushong

God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world; Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.

The Ohio River, America's second longest, see from The Point in Hanover, Indiana, the only place where you can see the river bend three times. (Wikipedia)

For joy in God’s creation: the Ohio River, largest tributary of the Mississippi, seen from The Point in Hanover, Indiana, the only place where you can see the river bend three times. (Wikipedia)

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
Sarah Tamilio, hit by car
Elizabeth’s father-in-law, hospitalized
Baylin, child with cancer, now going through chemo
Joseph Short
Patrick Dayton
Martha’s brother Lewis
Wanda Bell, COPD
Jocelyn, depression
Yvonne’s brother Keith, hospice
Treese, cancer surgery soon
Bob Hetler, cardiac issues
Debbie Brooner, adenocarcinoma
Gail Hart
Joan, chemo
Brother Barnabas, Parkinson’s
Lyle, multiple myeloma
Fr. Robert Hughes, Parkinson’s
Debbie, lupus
Honorary Deacon Clint, cancer

For Caregivers & Families
Paul
Teresa

Please add your own intercessions, supplications and thanksgivings here.

Every year on All Souls' Day we mention the patron saints of this site, my mentors in the Church Army: Robert Ervin Faulkenberry, Howard E. Galley Jr., the Rev. Sr. Brooke Bushong, Tom Tull and Bob Gillespie. Above: Tom greeting one of the parish grandmothers after Sunday Morning Prayer in Fort Yukon, Alaska, about 1973. After training what became effectively the last class of American Church Army evangelists, he ended up in San Francisco and became an AIDS activist within the Church. (Ed Eckstein)

Tom Tull greeting one of the parish grandmothers after Sunday Morning Prayer in Fort Yukon, Alaska, about 1973. After training the last class of American Church Army evangelists, including me, he ended up in San Francisco and became an AIDS activist within the Church. But he didn’t leave his heart in San Francisco; he left his heart in Fort Yukon. He would love to see the enormous growth of local and foreign mission work in today’s Episcopal Church. (Ed Eckstein)

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: Our Father, by whose Name (#587, Rhosymedre, John Edwards; F. Bland Tucker) – Emanuel ELCA, Pleasantville, New York, 2015

About Josh Thomas

This site offers daily Morning and Evening Prayer in the Anglican tradition according to the Book of Common Prayer of The Episcopal Church, and other sources. Each service includes psalms, Bible lessons, and prayers. The Daily Office Network consists of three sites: two in English (one timed for Asia-Pacific and the other for North & South America) and one in Spanish (Oficio Diario). We serve all the nations of the world. We're glad you came and we invite your comments. May God bless you richly in our Savior Jesus Christ.
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