Evening Prayer 12.8.22, Florence Nightingale, Nurse & Reformer, 1910

Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum.

Fr. Carl Kabat has died, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Plowshares 8 nuclear disarmament activists who used civil disobedience and symbolic vandalism against the war machine, resulting in frequent arrests. He was a member of the international Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Ordained in 1959, the Oblates sent him first to the Philippines, then to Brazil, where he was exposed to Liberation Theology and threatened by the military dictatorship. Back in the U.S., he networked with Pax Christi USA, the Catholic Worker Movement and Amnesty International, then plunged into direct action. In 1978 he threw human blood on the White House portico and outside the Pentagon; two years later with the priest-brothers Dan and Phil Berrigan, he took a hammer to the nosecones of Minuteman missiles at a factory in Pennsylvania, as well as sprinkling blood on the paperwork. They were sentenced to ten years in prison, though appeals reduced that to time served. The well-publicized trial grew the anti-nuke movement, and soon Kabat and others were charged with cutting a chain-link fence and using a rented jackhammer to damage the cover of a missile silo at an Air Force based in Missouri, sitting in a circle, holding hands and singing. That got him 18 years, of which he served ten. “You have to put yourself where your words are,” he said. “Otherwise you’re just flapping your jaws.” (Jerry Cleveland/Denver Post, 2004)

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because God is at my right hand, I shall not fall. Psalm 16:7-8

CONFESSION OF SIN

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.

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.

If possible, light a candle here.

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 107:1-32

1 Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, *
whose mercy endures for ever.
2 Let all those whom the LORD has redeemed proclaim *
that the LORD redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
3 God gathered them out of the lands; *
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
4 Some wandered in desert wastes; *
they found no way to a city where they might dwell.
5 They were hungry and thirsty; *
their spirits languished within them.
6 Then in their trouble they cried to the LORD, *
who delivered them from their distress.
7 The LORD put their feet on a straight path *
to go to a city where they might dwell.
8 Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, *
for the wonders the LORD does for all people.
9 For God satisfies the thirsty *
and fills the hungry with good things.
10 Some sat in darkness and deep gloom, *
bound fast in misery and iron;
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God *
and despised the counsel of the Most High.
12 So God humbled their spirits with hard labor; *
they stumbled, and there was none to help.
13 Then in their trouble they cried to the LORD, *
who delivered them from their distress.
14 The LORD led them out of darkness and deep gloom *
and broke their bonds asunder.
15 Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, *
for the wonders the LORD does for all people.
16 For God shatters the doors of bronze *
and breaks in two the iron bars.
17 Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *
they were afflicted because of their sins.
18 They abhorred all manner of food *
and drew near to death’s door.
19 Then in their trouble they cried to the LORD, *
who delivered them from their distress.
20 God sent forth a word to heal them *
and saved them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, *
for the wonders the LORD does for all people.
22 Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and recount the deeds of God with shouts of joy.
23 Some went down to the sea in ships *
and plied their trade in deep waters;
24 They beheld the works of the LORD *
whose wonders are in the deep.
25 Then the LORD spoke, and a stormy wind arose, *
which tossed high the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths; *
their hearts melted because of their peril.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards *
and were at their wits’ end.
28 Then in their trouble they cried to the LORD, *
who delivered them from their distress.
29 God stilled the storm to a whisper *
and quieted the waves of the sea.
30 Then were they glad because of the calm, *
and God brought them to the harbor they were bound for.
31 Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, *
for the wonders the LORD does for all people.
32 Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people *
and praise God in the council of the elders.

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.

Jesus Heals an Official’s Son (artist unknown)

THE LESSON
John 4:43-54 (NRSV)

When the two days were over, he went from that place to Galilee (for Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in the prophet’s own country). When he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the festival; for they too had gone to the festival.

Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my little boy dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.” The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household. Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

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.

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

They called Florence Nightingale “the lady with the lamp” for her heroic service among soldiers in the Crimean War; she took one look at the filthy sick wards full of the injured and dying, and promptly ordered they be cleaned up at once. More Tommys were dying of infectious disease and poor sanitation than from war wounds, and she proved it. (Source unknown)

Collect of the Day: Florence Nightingale, Nurse, Social Reformer, 1910

O God, who gave grace to your servant Florence Nightingale to bear your healing love into the shadow of death: Grant to all who heal the same virtues of patience, mercy, and steadfast love, that your saving health may be revealed to all; through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen.

For Social Justice

Almighty God, who created us in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Fridays

Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.

Weekend of Prayer for the Church

For the Peace of Jerusalem
For Peace among Christians, Jews & Muslims throughout the Middle East

For Church Unity
World Methodism

For the Anglican Communion
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Medak, South India

Primates of the Anglican Communion
Suheil Dawani, Jerusalem and the Middle East
Eliud Wabukala, Kenya
Paul Kim, Korea
Leonard Dawea, Melanesia
Francisco Moreno, Mexico

For Ecumenical Partners
Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome
Bartholomew of Constantinople, Ecumenical Patriarch
Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America
Robert T. Fuentes, Moderator, The Old Catholic Church USA
The Moravian Church

Our Seminarians & Their Schools
Greg, Christian Leaders Institute

Our Postulant
Elizabeth, Diocese of Pennsylvania

Our Aspirant
Melissa, Diocese of Southern Ohio

Sewanee-The University of the South, Tennessee
Trinity College, Bristol, UK
Trinity University, Ontario
Union Theological Seminary, New York

Please add your own prayers and supplications here.

Prayer for Mission

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13++

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