Evening Prayer 8.12.16, Richard Baxter, Pastor & Writer, 1691

He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.

The Rev. John Floberg with a somewhat battered Episcopal Church flag at Standing Rock Indian Reservation Monday, the day after the U.S. Government declined to issue easements needed to complete a large oil pipeline a mile from the reservation. Fr. Floberg, the supervising priest in the North Dakota portion of the reservation where 7 months of demonstrations have taken place, is also a member of TEC's national governing Executive Council, and has become the voice of the Church throughout the pipeline controversy. (The Rev. Lauren Stanley)

The Rev. John Floberg with a wind-battered Episcopal Church flag at Standing Rock Indian Reservation Monday, the day after the U.S. Government refused to issue easements needed to complete a large oil pipeline a mile from the reservation. Fr. Floberg, the supervising priest in the North Dakota portion of the reservation where 7 months of anti-pipline demonstrations have taken place, is also a member of TEC’s national Executive Council, and has become the voice of the Church during the pipeline controversy. He is one of many responsible for a tremendous victory by indigenous peoples the world over who united to back Standing Rock’s cause. (The Rev. Lauren Stanley)

Watch, for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning, lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. Mark 13:35-36

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
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 37:19-42

19  The LORD cares for the lives of the godly, *
and their inheritance shall last for ever.
20  They shall not be ashamed in bad times, *
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
21  As for the wicked, they shall perish, *
and the enemies of the LORD, like the glory of the meadows, shall vanish;
they shall vanish like smoke.
22  The wicked borrow and do not repay, *
but the righteous are generous in giving.
23  Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land, *
but those who are cursed shall be destroyed.
24  Our steps are directed by the LORD; *
those in whose way God delights, God strengthens.
25  If they stumble, they shall not fall headlong, *
for the LORD holds them by the hand.
26  I have been young and now I am old, *
but never have I seen the righteous forsaken,
or their children begging bread.
27  The righteous are always generous in their lending, *
and their children shall be a blessing.
28  Turn from evil, and do good, *
and dwell in the land for ever.
29  For the LORD loves justice; *
and does not forsake the faithful.
30  They shall be kept safe for ever, *
but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
31  The righteous shall possess the land *
and dwell in it for ever.
32  The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
and their tongue speaks what is right.
33  The law of their God is in their heart, *
and their footsteps shall not falter.
34  The wicked spy on the righteous *
and seek occasion to kill them.
35  The LORD will not abandon them to their hand, *
nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
36  Wait upon the LORD and keep God’s way; *
the LORD will raise you up to possess the land,
and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
37  I have seen the wicked in their arrogance, *
flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
38  I went by, and behold, they were not there; *
I searched for them, but they could not be found.
39  Mark those who are honest;
observe the upright; *
for there is a future for the peaceable.
40  Transgressors shall be destroyed, one and all; *
the future of the wicked is cut off.
41  But the deliverance of the righteous comes from the LORD; *
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
42  The LORD will help them and rescue them; *
the LORD will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them,
because in the LORD they seek refuge.

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 Cenacle on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, reputed to be the "upper room" and site of the Last Supper, and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

The Cenacle on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, reputed to be the “upper room” and site of the Last Supper, and later the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

THE LESSON
Luke 22:1-13 (NRSV)

Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.” They asked him, “Where do you want us to make preparations for it?” “Listen,” he said to them, “when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters and say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher asks you, “Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘ He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.” So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

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.

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

Mr. Baxter spent time in prison as a Nonconformist after his service with Cromwell's army; he was both a leading light of the Puritan faith and someone who wasn't easily pigeonholed, a Presbyterian who did not want to separate from the Church of England. That dream ended when Charles II tried to make him a bishop, because Baxter didn't believe in episcopal governance. Instead he thought the presbyterate as a whole should hold the apostolic authority collectively. At the same time, his theology of justification and sanctification included a righteousness of works, which is not the strict Protestant position. He didn't fit in anywhere in the either/or dualities of the time. Persecuted increasingly by both sides, he suffered greatly yet did some of his finest writing; long known as a convincing preacher, he was also an effective minister over a range of pastoral duties. His most famous book, The Reformed Pastor, distilled what he learned over 20 years at St. Mary & All Saints', Kidderminster.

Mr. Baxter spent time in prison as a Nonconformist after his service with Cromwell’s army; he was both a leading light of the Puritan faith and someone who wasn’t easily pigeonholed, a Presbyterian who did not want to separate from the Church of England. That dream ended when Charles II tried to make him a bishop, because Baxter didn’t believe in episcopal governance. Instead he thought the presbyterate should hold the apostolic authority collectively – that all the priests together constitute the bishop. At the same time, his theology of justification and sanctification included a righteousness of works, which is not the strict Protestant position; he didn’t fit in the either/or dualities of the time. Persecuted increasingly by both sides, he suffered greatly, yet did some of his finest writing; long known as a convincing preacher, he was also an effective minister over a range of pastoral duties. His most famous book, The Reformed Pastor, distilled what he learned over 20 years at St. Mary & All Saints’, Kidderminster.

Collect of the Day: Richard Baxter, Pastor and Writer, 1691

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the devoted witness of Richard Baxter, who out of love for you followed his conscience at cost to himself, and at all times rejoiced to sing your praises in word and deed; and we pray that our lives, like his, may be well-tuned to sing the songs of love, and all our days be filled with praise of Jesus Christ our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for the Presence of Christ

Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.

Thursday Evening Prayer List

For Sobriety & Recovery
A friend
A family

For Mental Health & Family Peace
Adam
Scotty
Mark

For Those with Addictions

O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion on all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen.

For Those with Mental Illness
alt. Dinah Danby

O heavenly Father, we beseech you to have mercy upon all your children who are living with mental illness. Give them loving and supportive families and friends, and bless their caregivers with wisdom and compassion. Restore them to strength of mind and cheerfulness of spirit, and give them health and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Mission of the Church

Almighty God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to yourself: We praise and bless you for those whom you have sent in the power of the Spirit to preach the Gospel to all nations. We thank you that in all parts of the earth a community of love has been gathered together by their prayers and labors, and that in every place your servants call upon your Name; for the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours for ever. 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.

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++

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