Evening Prayer 20.2.17, Frederick Douglass, Prophetic Witness, 1895 [USA & Canada: Civic Holiday]

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Abraham Lincoln, America's greatest president, had a fraught relationship with the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, whose support was always tentative and conditional while his criticism was vehement and fierce - at least until Lincoln was able to issue the Emancipation Proclamation and make it stick. Once accomplished, they developed a deep mutual respect and finally met.

Abraham Lincoln, America’s greatest president, had a fraught relationship with the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, whose support was always tentative and conditional while his criticism was vehement and fierce – at least until Lincoln was able to issue the Emancipation Proclamation and make it stick. Then they developed a deep mutual respect, and finally met.

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

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: O Gracious Light

O gracious Light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.

Psalm 106:19-48

19  Israel made a bull-calf at Horeb *
and worshiped a molten image;
20  And so they exchanged their Glory *
for the image of an ox that feeds on grass.
21  They forgot God their Savior, *
who had done great things in Egypt,
22  Wonderful deeds in the land of Ham, *
and fearful things at the Red Sea.
23  So God would have destroyed them,
had not Moses, the chosen one, stood before God in the breach, *
to turn away divine wrath from consuming them.
24  They refused the pleasant land *
and would not believe God’s promise.
25  They grumbled in their tents *
and would not listen to the voice of the LORD.
26  So God’s hand was lifted against them, *
to overthrow them in the wilderness,
27  To cast out their seed among the nations, *
and to scatter them throughout the lands.
28  They joined themselves to Baal-Peor *
and ate sacrifices offered to the dead.
29  They provoked the LORD to anger with their actions, *
and a plague broke out among them.
30  Then Phinehas stood up and interceded, *
and the plague came to an end.
31  This was reckoned to Phinehas as righteousness *
throughout all generations for ever.
32  Again they provoked God’s anger at the waters of Meribah, *
and the LORD punished Moses because of them;
33  For they so embittered his spirit *
that he spoke rash words with his lips.

34  They did not destroy the peoples *
as the LORD had commanded them.
35  They intermingled with the heathen *
and learned their pagan ways,
36  So that they worshiped their idols, *
which became a snare to them.
37  They sacrificed their sons *
and their daughters to evil spirits.
38  They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters, *
which they offered to the idols of Canaan,
and the land was defiled with blood.
39  Thus they were polluted by their actions *
and went whoring in their evil deeds.
40  Therefore the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people *
and God abhorred the chosen inheritance.
41  God gave them over to the hand of the heathen, *
and those who hated them ruled over them.
42  Their enemies oppressed them, *
and they were humbled under their hand.
43  Many a time did God deliver them,
but they rebelled through their own devices, *
and were brought down in their iniquity.
44  Nevertheless, the LORD saw their distress, *
and heard their lamentation.
45  God remembered the covenant with them *
and out of abundant mercy relented.
46  God caused them to be pitied *
by those who held them captive.
47  Save us, O LORD our God,
and gather us from among the nations, *
that we may give thanks to your holy Name
and glory in your praise.

48  Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting; *
and let all the people say, “Amen!”
Hallelujah!

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.

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Sermon on the Mount (source unknown)

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Sermon on the Mount (source unknown)

THE LESSON
Matthew 5:1-12 (NRSV)

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Canticle: The Song of Simeon
Luke 2:29-32

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
and the glory of your people Israel.

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.

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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 power of 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.

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may depart this life in your faith and fear,
and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit
in the communion of all your saints,
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.

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Collect of the Day: Frederick Douglass, Prophetic Witness, 1895

Almighty God, we bless your Name for the witness of Frederick Douglass, whose impassioned and reasonable speech moved the hearts of people to a deeper obedience to Christ: Strengthen us also to speak on behalf of those in captivity and tribulation, continuing in the Word of Jesus Christ our Liberator; who with you and the Holy Spirit dwells in glory everlasting. Amen.

A Collect for Peace

Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.

Monday Evening Prayer List: Thanksgivings

Ordination of Maria, Leslie, Teresa & Alissa
Our mission partners in Haiti, Liberia, Brazil and on the Rosebud Reservation
Those who give to food banks and pantries, and all who receive
Community Health Centers and Free Clinics

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Dioceses of Maiduguri and Makurdi, Nigeria

A Collect for Mission

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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++

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