Morning Prayer 1.28.17, Thomas Aquinas, Priest & Theologian, 1274

Listen to me, you who know righteousness, you people who have my teaching in your hearts; do not fear the reproach of others, and do not be dismayed when they revile you.

Self-styled Bishop Eddie Long has died, a Baptist Pentecostal prosperity preacher with a megachurch in suburban Atlanta which once had 25,000 members and enjoyed high influence among politicians, but which fell apart a few years ago over claims by young men that he had groomed them with material goods and then taken sexual advantage of them; despite vehement denials, he settled out of court. He had earlier become prominent in the fight against LGBT civil rights, including marriage, another in a long line of anti-Gay campaigners with secrets to hide. His church hosted Coretta Scott King’s funeral; above we see the two of them with former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush at a Martin Luther King Day celebration in 2002. Bishop Eddie liked money and flashy cars, and quoted Scripture to his young men about submitting to their elders, while assuring them it didn’t mean they were Gay. There’s a lot of power and money in religion as long as you tell people what they want to hear. (Alan S. Weiner/The New York Times)

Bishop Eddie Long has died, a Baptist Pentecostal preacher with a megachurch in suburban Atlanta which once had 25,000 members before he fell from grace. He’s seen here with Coretta Scott King and First Lady Laura Bush at a Martin Luther King Day celebration in 2002. Two years later he was leading a protest march against LGBT civil rights, including marriage, a month after Georgia voters had banned same-sex marriage in the state constitution. A few years later he was sued by several young men in his congregation who accused him of using his religious and financial influence to abuse them sexually – charges he denied but settled out of court. Attendance plummeted. (Alan S. Weiner/The New York Times)

Thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, “I dwell in the high and holy place and also with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15

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 55

1  Hear my prayer, O God; *
do not hide yourself from my petition.
2  Listen to me and answer me; *
I have no peace, because of my cares.
3  I am shaken by the noise of the enemy *
and by the pressure of the wicked;
4  For they have cast an evil spell upon me *
and are set against me in fury.
5  My heart quakes within me, *
and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
6  Fear and trembling have come over me, *
and horror overwhelms me.
7  And I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! *
I would fly away and be at rest.
8  I would flee to a far-off place *
and make my lodging in the wilderness.
9  I would hasten to escape *
from the stormy wind and tempest.”
10  Swallow them up, O Lord;
confound their speech; *
for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
11  Day and night the watchmen make their rounds upon its walls, *
but trouble and misery are in the midst of it.
12  There is corruption at its heart; *
its streets are never free of oppression and deceit.
13  For had it been an adversary who taunted me,
then I could have borne it; *
or had it been enemies who vaunted themselves against me,
then I could have hidden from them.
14  But it was you, my companion, *
my own familiar friend, dear to my own heart.
15  We took sweet counsel together, *
and walked with the throng in the house of God.
16  Let death come upon them suddenly;
let them go down alive into the grave; *
for wickedness is in their dwellings, in their very midst.
17  But I will call upon God, *
and the LORD will deliver me.
18  In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday,
I will complain and lament, *
and the LORD will hear my voice.
19  God will bring me safely back from the battle waged against me; *
for there are many who fight me.
20  God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me and bring them down; *
they never change; they do not fear God.
21  My companion stretched forth a hand against a comrade; *
and broke a covenant.
22  The speech of my companion is softer than butter, *
but with war at heart.
23  The words of my comrade are smoother than oil, *
but they are drawn swords.
24  Cast your burden upon the LORD,
who will sustain you; *
the LORD will never let the righteous stumble.
25  For you will bring the bloodthirsty and deceitful *
down to the pit of destruction, O God.
26  They shall not live out half their days, *
but I will put my trust in you.

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
Isaiah 51:1-8 (NRSV)

Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the LORD. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many. For the LORD will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.

Listen to me, my people, and give heed to me, my nation; for a teaching will go out from me, and my justice for a light to the peoples. I will bring near my deliverance swiftly, my salvation has gone out and my arms will rule the peoples; the coastlands wait for me, and for my arm they hope. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and those who live on it will die like gnats; but my salvation will be forever, and my deliverance will never be ended. Listen to me, you who know righteousness, you people who have my teaching in your hearts; do not fear the reproach of others, and do not be dismayed when they revile you. For the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool; but my deliverance will be forever, and my salvation to all generations.

Mount Hood, a quiet volcano in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon.

Mount Hood, a quiet volcano in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon.

A Canticle for Eastern Oregon

Glorify the Lord all you works of the Lord,
Sing praise and give honor forever.
In the firmament of God’s power, glorify the Lord.
Sing praise and give honor forever.

Let the rivers and lakes glorify the Lord
The Deschutes, Crooked, Columbia and Klamath,
O John Day, Grande Ronde and Snake, glorify the Lord.
Sing praise and give honor forever.

Glorify the Lord, you lakes of clearest blue,
Wallowa, Owyhee, Phillips, Klamath and Crater,
glorify the Lord.
Sing praise and give honor forever.

Glorify the Lord, you mountains and hills,
O Cascades, Blues, Wallowas, Owyhees and Strawberries,
Mt. Hood, Three Sisters, Jefferson, Sacajawea and Mt Fanny,
Reaching to the heavens, glorify the Lord.
Sing praise and give honor forever.

Glorify the Lord, you deserts and prairies, you fields and forests.
O junipers and pines, alders and firs, glorify the Lord.
All you fields of wheat, orchards of cherry and apple,
glorify the Lord.
Sing praise and give honor forever.

Glorify the Lord, you birds of the air and beasts of the earth,
You quail, pheasant, doves, hawks and magpies,
You sheep and cattle of the fields,
elk, deer and antelope, glorify the Lord,
Sing praise and give honor forever.

Glorify the Lord, people of God, servants of the people
Farmers and ranchers, healers, preachers and advocates,
You teachers and techies, business people,
safety and government workers, glorify the Lord.
Sing praise and give honor forever.

Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
Sing praise and give honor forever.
In the high vault of heaven, glorify the Lord,
Sing praise and give honor forever.

Galatians 3:23-29 (NRSV)

Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

Canticle: Song of the Redeemed
Revelation 15:3-4

O ruler of the universe, Lord God,
great deeds are they that you have done, *
surpassing human understanding.
Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, *
O King of all the ages.

Who can fail to do you homage, Lord
and sing the praises of your Name? *
for you only are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and fall down before you *
because your just and holy works have been revealed.

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.

A silver washing cup used by Orthodox Jews for ablutions before eating bread; they have to use enough water to get their middle knuckle wet, or it doesn’t count. (Wikipedia)

A silver washing cup used by Orthodox Jews for ablutions before eating bread; they have to use enough water to get their middle knuckle wet, or it doesn’t count. (Wikipedia)

Mark 7:1-23 (NRSV)

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,

‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.’

“You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”

Then he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.’ But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, ‘Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban’ (that is, an offering to God)—then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this.”

Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”

When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. He said to them, “Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

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 with your Holy Spirit.

Thomas Aquinas saw that the rediscovery of works by Aristotle, who put reason and sense perception (science) above faith, could challenge traditional Catholic doctrine. So he set about reconciling them, calling grace "the perfection of nature." (source unknown)

Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican monk, saw that the rediscovery of works by Aristotle, who put reason and sense perception (science) above faith, could challenge traditional Catholic doctrine. So he set about reconciling them in mighty works of logic like Summa Theologica, calling grace “the perfection of nature.” Indeed, the God of nature is the author of the scientist’s empirical facts. (source unknown)

Collect of the Day: Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Theologian, 1274

Almighty God, you have enriched your Church with the singular learning and holiness of your servant Thomas Aquinas: Enlighten us more and more, we pray, by the disciplined thinking and teaching of Christian scholars, and deepen our devotion by the example of saintly lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday Morning Prayer List

For Those Seeking God’s Will
Diocese of North Carolina: episcopal election soon
David, Brad & Danny, vocation
Dinah, religious life
Shirley & Maureen, discernment
Diocesan Commissions on Ministry

Sister Jane Mankaa, founder of the Benedictine Sisters of Bethany, the first Anglican religious order in Cameroon. She joined an order of Presbyterian nuns (!) at age 16, then felt called to become an Anglican. She started a new order but, with permission of the Bishop of Cameroon, remained under her previous vows with the Presbyterian sisters and adopted their Benedictine disciplines. Her Sisters of Bethany specialize in ministry to orphans. (Chris Gold)

Sister Jane Mankaa, founder of the Benedictine Sisters of Bethany, the first Anglican religious order in Cameroon. She joined an order of Presbyterian nuns (!) at age 16, then felt called to become an Anglican. She started a new order but, with permission of the Bishop of Cameroon, remained under her previous vows with the Presbyterian sisters and adopted their Benedictine disciplines. Her Sisters of Bethany specialize in ministry to orphans. (Chris Gold)

For Religious Orders & Communities
All Saints Sisters of the Poor, UK
Alton Abbey, UK
Benedictine Sisters of Bethany, Cameroon
Community of All Hallows, UK
Community of Christ the King, Australia

Please add your own prayers here.

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: Give praise and glory unto God (#375, Du Lebensbrot, Herr Jesu Christ, Peter Sohren, adapt. Freylinghausen, alt. ; Johann Jacob Schütz, tr. Arthur William Farlander & Charles Winfred  Douglas) – St. John’s, Detroit, 2013

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