Evening Prayer 10.5.17, Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, Prophetic Witness, 1760

Love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.

The Anglican Consultative Council has accepted the former “internal province” of the Episcopal Church of Sudan as the 39th and newest Province of the Anglican Communion, and the Most Rev. Ezekiel Kumir Kondo has been named Archbishop and Primate. The ACC has thus split the Sudanese Church from South Sudan and exacerbated a constitutional crisis, as the Sudanese broke communion in 2011 with The Episcopal Church based in the United States, which is also an Anglican Province, and recognized the schismatic sect known as ACNA, which is not. Lambeth Palace and the current incumbent at Canterbury are apparently hoping TEC will take no notice, and the American members of the Consultative Council have thus far kept mute. The sticking point throughout has been homosexuality, and the Sudanese have made it clear they have no intention of loving their Gay enemy; American dioceses have made many efforts to maintain relationships, and for six years have mourned the loss of their South Sudanese friends. The longterm loser in all this looks to be the Church of England, with buildings to maintain in every village and hamlet that few people care to attend. (Sudan Church Association)

On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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 49

1  Hear this, all you peoples;
hearken, all you who dwell in the world, *
you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.
2  My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
3  I will incline my ear to a proverb *
and set forth my riddle upon the harp.
4  Why should I be afraid in evil days, *
when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,
5  The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods, *
and boast of their great riches?
6  We can never ransom ourselves, *
or deliver to God the price of our life;
7  For the ransom of our life is so great, *
that we should never have enough to pay it,
8  In order to live for ever and ever, *
and never see the grave.
9  For we see that the wise die also;
like the dull and stupid they perish *
and leave their wealth to those who come after them.
10  Their graves shall be their homes for ever,
their dwelling places from generation to generation, *
though they call the lands after their own names.
11  Even though honored, they cannot live for ever; *
they are like the beasts that perish.
12  Such is the way of those who foolishly trust in themselves, *
and the end of those who delight in their own words.
13  Like a flock of sheep they are destined to die;
death is their shepherd; *
they go down straightway to the grave.
14  Their form shall waste away, *
and the land of the dead shall be their home.
15  But God will ransom my life; *
and snatch me from the grasp of death.
16  Do not be envious when some become rich, *
or when the grandeur of their house increases;
17  For they will carry nothing away at their death, *
nor will their grandeur follow them.
18  Though they thought highly of themselves while they lived, *
and were praised for their success,
19  They shall join the company of their ancestors, *
who will never see the light again.
20  Those who are honored, but have no understanding, *
are like the beasts that perish.

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.

Reconciliation monument known as Hands Across the Divide in Londonderry, Ireland, scene of so many Catholic-Protestant battles; the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 brought a degree of power-sharing and reconciliation in 1998. (Maurice Harron)

THE LESSON
Luke 6:27-38 (NRSV)

Jesus said, “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

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.

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.

This would have pleased Ludwig von Zinzendorf greatly: a Moravian bishop laying hands on Paul Marshall, Episcopal Bishop of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, while their colleagues do the same, liturgizing full communion between the two churches in 2011. What we call Eucharist, they call the lovefeast. (Episcopal News Service)

Collect of the Day: Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, Prophetic Witness, 1760

God of life made new in Christ, you call your Church to keep on rising from the dead: We remember before you the bold witness of your servant Nicolaus von Zinzendorf, through whom your Spirit moved to draw many in Europe and the American colonies to faith and conversion of life; and we pray that we, like him, may rejoice to sing your praise, live your love and rest secure in the safekeeping of the Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Protection

O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful, the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead: We thank you for the blessings of the day that is past, and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night. Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through him who died and rose again for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

For the beauty of the Earth: Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. (Wikipedia)

For the Beauty of the Earth

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. 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.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Nelson, Aotearoa New Zealand

Wednesday Evening Prayer List

For Disaster & Terror Victims
Refugee Crisis in the Middle East and Europe; hundreds drowned off Libya
Famine in Niger, Mali, Ethiopia, Yemen and South Sudan
Drought in Southern Africa, India and Papua New Guinea

For Prisoners
Blake
Matthew
The Rev. Andrew Brunson, missionary in Turkey

Prisoners of ISIS & Boko Haram: #BringBackOurGirls
Victims of human trafficking, including U.S. & Australian detainees
Guantanamo; political prisoners

The innocent, the guilty, the victims of crime
Children and families of prisoners
Prison chaplains and ministries, especially Sally & Francesca
John P. Craine House, diversion and prevention programs
Sr. Helen Prejean and all prison reformers
All who are condemned to die

For those who suffer for the sake of Conscience

O God our Father, whose Son forgave his enemies while he was suffering shame and death: Strengthen those who suffer for the sake of conscience; when they are accused, save them from speaking in hate; when they are rejected, save them from bitterness; when they are imprisoned, save them from despair; and to us your servants, give grace to respect their witness and to discern the truth, that our society may be cleansed and strengthened. This we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ, our merciful and righteous Judge. Amen.

Prayer 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.

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. Alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

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

VIDEO: Christians, to the Paschal victim (#183, Victimae Paschali laudes, plainsong, Mode I, attr. Wigbert) – Ken Canedo, 2013

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