Morning Prayer 10.1.17, William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645

He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength.

Willie Evans has died, a star in American football for the University of Buffalo, New York. His team earned a trip to the post-season Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida, which refused to let him and another black teammate take the field. Their coach let the team decide what to do; it reportedly took them 30 seconds to turn down the invitation. It took more than 50 years for the small school, now SUNY-Buffalo, to earn another bowl bid, but when they did in 2009 in the International Bowl in Toronto, the current team invited Evans and his teammates to take the field. As an adult he worked in insurance, became a coach and school administrator, then became the city's director of physical education. He harbored no bitterness, and instead praised his white teammates for refusing to bow to Orlando's racist demands. (university photo)

Willie Evans has died, a star in American football for the University of Buffalo, New York. In 1958 his team earned a trip to the post-season Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida, which refused to let him and another black teammate take the field. Their coach let the team decide what to do; in 30 seconds they turned down the invitation. It took more than 50 years for the small school, now SUNY-Buffalo, to earn another bowl bid, but when they did in 2009 in the International Bowl in Toronto, the current team invited Evans and his teammates to take the field. As an adult he worked in insurance, became a coach and school administrator, then became the city’s director of physical education. He harbored no bitterness, and instead praised his white teammates for refusing to bow to Orlando’s racist demands. (university photo)

From the rising of the sun to its setting my Name shall be great among the nations, and in every place incense shall be offered to my Name, and a pure offering; for my Name shall be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 1:11

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 5

1  Give ear to my words, O LORD; *
consider my meditation.
2  Hearken to my cry for help, my Sovereign and my God, *
for I make my prayer to you.
3  In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; *
early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.
4  For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, *
and evil cannot dwell with you.
5  Braggarts cannot stand in your sight; *
you hate all those who work wickedness.
6  You destroy those who speak lies; *
the bloodthirsty and deceitful, O LORD, you abhor.
7  But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy I will go into your house; *
I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.
8  Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness,
because of those who lie in wait for me; *
make your way straight before me.
9  For there is no truth in their mouth; *
there is destruction in their heart;
10  Their throat is an open grave; *
they flatter with their tongue.
11  Declare them guilty, O God; *
let them fall, because of their schemes.
12  Because of their many transgressions cast them out, *
for they have rebelled against you.
13  But all who take refuge in you will be glad; *
they will sing out their joy for ever.
14  You will shelter them, *
so that those who love your Name may exult in you.
15  For you, O LORD, will bless the righteous; *
you will defend them with your favor as with a shield.

Psalm 6

1  LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; *
do not punish me in your wrath.
2  Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak; *
heal me, LORD, for my bones are racked.
3  My spirit shakes with terror; *
how long, O LORD, how long?
4  Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; *
save me for your mercy’s sake.
5  For in death no one remembers you; *
and who will give you thanks in the grave?
6  I grow weary because of my groaning; *
every night I drench my bed
and flood my couch with tears.
7  My eyes are wasted with grief *
and worn away because of all my enemies.
8  Depart from me, all evildoers, *
for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
9  The LORD has heard my supplication; *
the LORD accepts my prayer.
10  All my enemies shall be confounded and quake with fear; *
they shall turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

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.

An early shot of the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in 1955, the same period when Willie Evans was playing ball at the University of Buffalo. Rosa Parks and the women of Montgomery's black community kicked off the boycott by refusing to sit in the back of city buses - which meant everyone had to walk or catch a ride. This is the campaign that launched Martin Luther King, Jr. as a national civil rights leader. The white businessmen of Montgomery held out for a year, and then they caved like a castle in the sand. But the work was only beginning, as we know. (uncredited news photo)

An early shot of the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in 1955, the same period when Willie Evans was playing ball at the University of Buffalo. Rosa Parks and the women of Montgomery’s black community kicked off the boycott by refusing to sit in the back of city buses – which meant everyone had to walk or catch a ride. This is the campaign that launched Martin Luther King, Jr. as a national civil rights leader. The white businessmen of Montgomery held out for a year, and then they caved like a castle in the sand. But the work was only beginning, as we know. (uncredited news photo)

THE LESSONS
Isaiah 40:25-31 (NRSV)

To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Canticle: A Song of Praise
Song of the Three Young Men, 29-34

Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; *
you are worthy of praise; glory to you.
Glory to you for the radiance of your holy name; *
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; *
on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.
Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; *
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you, beholding the depths; *
in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.
Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Ephesians 1:15-23 (NRSV)

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Canticle: A Song to the Lamb
Revelation 4:11, 5:9-10, 13

Splendor and honor and kingly power *
are yours by right, O Lord our God,
For you created everything that is, *
and by your will they were created and have their being;
And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, *
for with your blood you have redeemed for God,
From every family, language, people, and nation, *
a kingdom of priests to serve our God.
And so, to him who sits upon the throne, *
and to Christ the Lamb,
Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, *
for ever and for evermore.

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.

Somebody gave our Missioner and newly-ordained deacon Maria L. Evans a hat on Sunday, and (no surprise) she's taken to it. We call this shot "Missouri Jones and the Deacon of Doom" - and she took to that too.

Somebody gave our Missioner and newly-ordained deacon Dr. Maria L. Evans a hat on Sunday, and (no surprise) she’s taken to it. We call this shot “Missouri Jones and the Deacon of Doom” – and she took to that right away too.

Mark 1:14-28 (NRSV)

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

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.  Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;
R.  Govern and uphold them, now and always.
V.  Day by day we bless you;
R.  We praise your Name for ever.
V.  Lord, keep us from all sin today;
R.  Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V.  Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R.  For we put our trust in you.
V.  In you, Lord, is our hope;
R.  And we shall never hope in vain.

Studio of Anthony Van Dyck: William Laud. He's been honored as a martyr and condemned as an intolerant bigot - a rigid High Churchman in the age of Charles I. Cromwell's Long Parliament put him to death, but he stood up for the king and what he considered the unbroken catholic faith.

Studio of Anthony Van Dyck: William Laud. He’s been honored as a martyr and condemned as an intolerant bigot – a rigid High Churchman in the age of Charles I. Cromwell’s Long Parliament put him to death, but he stood up for the king and what he considered the unbroken catholic faith.

Collect of the Day: William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645

Keep us, O Lord, constant in faith and zealous in witness, that, like your servant William Laud, we may live in your fear, die in your favor, and rest in your peace; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The body of U.S. Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton arrived at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware on 27 November 2016; we published his name and photograph the following Tuesday. (Steve Ruark/Associated Press)
British Soldier Killed in Iraq; 1st in Nearly 8 Years
They Have Names, compiled since 2007 by Clint Gilliland

Total War Deaths: 8,361

Afghanistan: Total Deaths: 3,528
-no U.S. or allied casualties reported this past week

Iraq: Total Deaths: 4,833
HETHERINGTON, Scott, 22, LCPL, British Army, Middleton, Greater Manchester, 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment

L/Cpl Scott Hetherington, 22, died at Camp Taji, north of Baghdad, on January 2. He served as a vehicle commander with the 2nd Battalion, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. Friends hailed him as a "true hero" and a "brave lion" on Facebook. His commanding officer, Lt Col Rob Singleton said, "L/Cpl Scott Hetherington was a superb soldier and a first-class leader.” He was nicknamed "Snowball" and had only been in Iraq for a month when he died. He recently became a father to a little girl.

L/Cpl Scott Hetherington, 22, died at Camp Taji, north of Baghdad, on 2 January. He served as a vehicle commander with the 2nd Battalion, Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. Friends hailed him as a “true hero” and a “brave lion” on Facebook. His commanding officer, Lt Col Rob Singleton, said, “L/Cpl Scott Hetherington was a superb soldier and a first-class leader.” He was nicknamed “Snowball” and had only been in Iraq for a month when he died. He recently became a father to a little girl.

For Those in the Armed Forces of our Country

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Peace

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Please add your own intercessions, supplications and thanksgivings here.

Collect for Mission

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. 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.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14++

VIDEO: Elijah Rock (African-American Spiritual) – Mahalia Jackson, 1961
This performance is dedicated to Willie Evans of the Buffalo Bulls.

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