Morning Prayer 21.11.16, William Byrd, John Merbecke & Thomas Tallis, Musicians, 1623, 1585, 1585

So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up.

Thomas Tallis, the father of English Church music after the Reformation, was a Roman Catholic who thrived under Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I. His Tallis Canon is world famous.

Thomas Tallis, the father of English Church music after the Reformation, was nevertheless a Roman Catholic who thrived under Henry VIII, Mary I and Elizabeth I. His Tallis Canon is world famous.

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

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 you are 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 106:1-18

1  Hallelujah!
Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, *
whose mercy endures for ever.
2  Can anyone declare the mighty acts of the LORD *
or show forth all God’s praise?
3  Happy are those who act with justice *
and always do what is right!
4  Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people, *
and visit me with your saving help;
5  That I may see the prosperity of your elect
and be glad with the gladness of your people, *
that I may glory with your inheritance.

6  We have sinned as our ancestors did; *
we have done wrong and dealt wickedly.
7  In Egypt they did not consider your marvelous works,
nor remember the abundance of your love; *
they defied the Most High at the Red Sea.
8  But you saved them for your Name’s sake, *
to make your power known.
9  The LORD rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up, *
God led them through the deep as through a desert.
10  The LORD saved them from the hand of those who hated them *
and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11  The waters covered their oppressors; *
not one of them was left.
12  Then they believed the words of the LORD *
and sang out songs of praise.

13  But they soon forgot the deeds of the LORD *
and did not await divine counsel.
14  A craving seized them in the wilderness, *
and they put God to the test in the desert.
15  God gave them what they asked, *
but sent leanness into their soul.
16  They envied Moses in the camp, *
and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD.
17  The earth opened and swallowed Dathan *
and covered the company of Abiram.
18  Fire blazed up against their company, *
and flames devoured the wicked.

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 prophet Zechariah; iconographer unknown

The prophet Zechariah; iconographer unknown

THE LESSONS
Zechariah 10:1-12 (NRSV)

Ask rain from the LORD
in the season of the spring rain,
from the LORD who makes the storm clouds,
who gives showers of rain to you,
the vegetation in the field to everyone.
For the teraphim utter nonsense,
and the diviners see lies;
the dreamers tell false dreams,
and give empty consolation.
Therefore the people wander like sheep;
they suffer for lack of a shepherd.

My anger is hot against the shepherds,
and I will punish the leaders;
for the LORD of hosts cares for his flock, the house of Judah,
and will make them like his proud war horse.
Out of them shall come the cornerstone,
out of them the tent peg,
out of them the battle bow,
out of them every commander.
Together they shall be like warriors in battle,
trampling the foe in the mud of the streets;
they shall fight, for the LORD is with them,
and they shall put to shame the riders on horses.

I will strengthen the house of Judah,
and I will save the house of Joseph.
I will bring them back because I have compassion on them,
and they shall be as though I had not rejected them;
for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them.
Then the people of Ephraim shall become like warriors,
and their hearts shall be glad as with wine.
Their children shall see it and rejoice,
their hearts shall exult in the LORD.

I will signal for them and gather them in,
for I have redeemed them,
and they shall be as numerous as they were before.
Though I scattered them among the nations,
yet in far countries they shall remember me,
and they shall rear their children and return.
I will bring them home from the land of Egypt,
and gather them from Assyria;
I will bring them to the land of Gilead and to Lebanon,
until there is no room for them.
They shall pass through the sea of distress,
and the waves of the sea shall be struck down,
and all the depths of the Nile dried up.
The pride of Assyria shall be laid low,
and the scepter of Egypt shall depart.
I will make them strong in the LORD,
and they shall walk in his name,
says the LORD.

Canticle: A Song of Hannah
1 Samuel 2:1-8

My heart exults in you, O God; *
my triumph song is lifted in you.
My mouth derides my enemies, *
for I rejoice in your salvation.
There is none holy like you, *
nor any rock to be compared to you, our God.
Do not heap up prideful words or speak in arrogance; *
Only God is knowing and weighs all actions.
The bows of the mighty are broken, *
but the weak are clothed in strength.
Those once full now labor for bread, *
those who hungered now are well fed.
The childless woman has borne sevenfold, *
while the mother of many is forlorn.
God destroys and brings to life, casts down and raises up; *
gives wealth or takes it away, humbles and dignifies.
God raises the poor from the dust; *
and lifts the needy from the ash heap
To make them sit with the rulers *
and inherit a place of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are God’s *
on which the whole earth is founded.

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.

Galatians 6:1-10 (NRSV)

My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor’s work, will become a cause for pride. For all must carry their own loads. Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher. Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

Canticle: A Song of Christ’s Humility
Philippians 2:6-11

Though in the form of God, *
Christ Jesus did not cling to equality with God,
But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, *
and was born in human likeness.
Being found in human form, he humbled himself *
and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Therefore, God has highly exalted him *
and given him the name above every name,
That at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, *
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, *
to the glory of God the Father.

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 Merbecke was a theologian as well as a composer; his Calvinist beliefs led him to strongly support the reformed Church of England and its 1549 Book of Common Prayer - which he set to music the next year, dedicated to the young King Edward VI. But Merbecke's music was quickly rendered obsolete when a new, more Calvinist edition of the BCP came out in 1552. Merbecke's music languished for centuries until it was rediscovered in the 19th century by, ironically, Anglo-Catholics looking to restore the ancient beauty of the liturgy. From then on Merbecke was widely sung throughout the Anglican Communion until modern language liturgies began replacing the Eliaabethan "thee's and thou's" of 1662 Prayer Book. So once again, Merbecke's music has been laid to rest.

John Merbecke was a theologian as well as a composer; his Calvinist beliefs led him to strongly support the reformed Church of England and its 1549 Book of Common Prayer – which he set to music the next year so the Eucharist, psalms and canticles could be chanted in English. But his music was quickly rendered obsolete when a new, even more Calvinist edition of the BCP came out in 1552. Merbecke’s music languished for centuries until it was rediscovered in the 19th century by, ironically, Anglo-Catholics looking to restore the ancient beauty of the liturgy. From then on Merbecke was widely sung throughout the Anglican Communion until modern language liturgies began replacing the Elizabethan “thee’s and thou’s” of the 1662 Prayer Book. Today his music is mostly heard in concert.

Luke 18:15-30 (NRSV)

People were bringing even infants to Jesus that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”

A certain ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother.'” He replied, “I have kept all these since my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very rich. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” He replied, “What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.” Then Peter said, “Look, we have left our homes and followed you.” And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not get back very much more in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”

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.  Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R.  And grant us your salvation.
V.  Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R.  Let your people sing with joy.
V.  Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R.  For only in you can we live in safety.
V.  Lord, keep this nation under your care;
R.  And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V.  Let your way be known upon earth;
R.  Your saving health among all nations.
V.  Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R.  Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V.  Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R.  And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

William Byrd, a student of Tallis, was like him a Roman Catholic who enjoyed the favor of Queen Elizabeth I. He is renowned for his motets, anthems, psalm settings and masses.

William Byrd, a student of Tallis, was like him a Roman Catholic who enjoyed the favor of Queen Elizabeth I. He is renowned for his motets, anthems, psalm settings and masses.

Collect of the Day: William Byrd, John Merbecke and Thomas Tallis, Musicians, 1623, 1585, 1585

O God most glorious, whose praises are sung night and day by your saints and angels in heaven: We give you thanks for William Byrd, John Merbecke and Thomas Tallis, whose music has enriched the praise that your Church offers you here on earth. Grant, we pray, to all who are touched by the power of music such glimpses of eternity that we may be made ready to join your saints in heaven and behold your glory unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For Our Country

Almighty God, you have given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech you that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in your name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness; and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in you to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our heart to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Monday Morning Prayer List: Most Recent

Clint’s daughter Julia Butcher
Rayell Segerstrom, melanoma
Alcina, Beth’s granddaughter, brain surgery last week, now at home
Ron, brain cancer
Sarah Tamilio, hit by car
Elizabeth’s father-in-law Herb, in hospice
Baylin, child with cancer, going through chemo
Maureen, discernment
Joseph Short, healing
Patrick Dayton, healing
Martha’s brother Lewis
Wanda Bell, COPD
Yvonne’s brother Keith, departed
Campbell’s son, custody issues
Scotty and family, reconciliation
Treese McIntyre-Allen, radiation & chemo
Debbie Brooner, adenocarcinoma
Gail Hart, health issues
Debbie, lupus
Joan, chemo
Clint, stage IV metastatic cancer

Please add your own intercessions, supplications and thanksgivings here.

For the Mission of the Church

Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 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.

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21++

VIDEO: Sanctus (William Byrd, Mass for Four Voices) – The Tallis Scholars, 2010

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