Evening Prayer 13.8.22, Jeremy Taylor, Bishop & Theologian, 1667

“My Father is still working, and I also am working.”

The Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination, is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department over accusations it mishandled sexual abuse by pastors and senior leaders. The Executive Committee has been subpoenaed, but no individuals so far. The probe comes on the heels of a 288-page report by Guidepost Solutions earlier this year which revealed that the Executive Committee had compiled a secret list of clergy accused of abuse, despite publicly claiming for years that such a list was impossible to create given the denomination’s polity. The annual meeting in June voted to create a way for local churches to check a list of those credibly accused before hiring prospective employees. The Executive Committee has apologized and now says all entities are cooperating with the Justice Department. (Holly Meyer/AP)

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

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

O God, be not far from us.
Come quickly to help us, O God.

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: Light of the World

Light of the world in grace and beauty,
Mirror of God’s eternal face,
Transparent flame of love’s free duty,
You bring salvation to our race.
Now, as we see the lights of evening,
We raise our voice in hymns of praise;
Worthy are you of endless blessing,
Sun of our night, lamp of our days.

Psalm 33

1 Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous; *
it is good for the just to sing praises.
2 Praise the LORD with the harp; *
play upon the psaltery and lyre.
3 Sing for the LORD a new song; *
sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
4 For your word, O LORD, is right, *
and all your works are sure.
5 You love righteousness and justice; *
your loving-kindness, O LORD, fills the whole earth.
6 By the word, O LORD, were the heavens made, *
by the breath of your mouth all the heavenly hosts.
7 You gather up the waters of the ocean as in a water-skin *
and store up the depths of the sea.
8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; *
let all who dwell in the world stand in reverence.
9 For the LORD spoke, and it came to pass; *
the LORD commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The LORD brings the will of the nations to naught; *
and thwarts the designs of the peoples.
11 But the LORD’s will stands fast for ever, *
and the designs of the LORD’s heart from age to age.

12 Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD! *
happy the people you have chosen to be your own!
13 O LORD, you look down from heaven, *
and behold all the people in the world.
14 From where you sit enthroned you turn your gaze *
on all who dwell on the earth.
15 You fashion all the hearts of them *
and understand all their works.
16 There is no ruler that can be saved by a mighty army; *
a warrior is not delivered by great strength.
17 The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; *
for all its strength it cannot save.
18 Behold, your eye, O LORD, is upon those who fear you, *
on those who wait upon your love,
19 To pluck their lives from death, *
and to feed them in time of famine.
20 Our soul waits for you, O LORD; *
you are our help and our shield.
21 Indeed, our heart rejoices in you, *
for in your holy Name we put our trust.
22 Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, *
as we have put our 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.

Carl Bloch, 1883: Christ Healing at the Pool of Bethesda

THE LESSON
John 5:1-18 (NRSV)

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, “It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.'” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take it up and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath.

But Jesus answered them, “My Father is still working, and I also am working.” For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God.

Canticle: The Song of Mary
Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in you, O God my Savior, *
for you have looked with favor on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
you, the Almighty, have done great things for me,
and holy is your Name.
You have mercy on those who fear you *
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm, *
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones, *
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things, *
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel, *
for you have remembered your promise of mercy,
The promise made to our forebears, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.

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,
his only son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He 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,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
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.

Jeremy Taylor, one of the most influential of the Caroline Divines, was a literary genius and won fame as a writer and preacher long before he became Bishop of Connor and Dromore in Ireland after the Restoration. He was not warmly received and managed to offend everyone who wasn’t Anglican, despite his sincerity, personal warmth and eloquence. Church of Ireland services were held in English, which most of the population didn’t speak or understand, but were forced to attend anyway. It never occurred to him to persuade his priests to learn Irish.

Collect of the Day: Jeremy Taylor, Bishop and Theologian, 1667

O God, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered: Make us, like your servant Jeremy Taylor, deeply aware of the shortness and uncertainty of human life; and let your Holy Spirit lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer for Episcopal Schools
from Grace-St. Luke’s, Memphis, Tennessee, alt.

God of knowledge and wisdom, we pray to you for all the schools across the nations which are part of the Episcopal Church. We remember them in their variety, in their differences, and in what they share. Give them open doors, open minds, and open hearts that they might accept, learn, and love everything and everyone whom you have given them. Help them to share their lives and what they have, and to learn from all those who are in school together. We pray in the name of Jesus who opened his arms to all, young and old. Amen.

A Collect for Saturdays

O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending day upon us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship on the morrow give you glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Weekend of Prayer for the Church

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Diocese of Wad Medani, Sudan

For Our Mission Partners
Cuttington University School of Nursing, Liberia
Haiti Nursing Foundation
Diocese of Brasilia Afterschool Program, Brazil
Rosebud Episcopal Mission, South Dakota
St. André’s School, Mithon, Haiti
Matthew Shepard Foundation

For the Episcopal Church & All National Church Bodies

For All Christian Churches
Pentecostal Churches
Presbyterian and Reformed Churches
Roman Catholic Church
United/Uniting Churches

Please add your own prayers here.

For Mission

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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++

VIDEO: The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended (#24, St. Ckement, Clement Cottevill Scholefield; John Ellerton) – Choir of the Abbey School, Tewkesbury, 2009

The official Daily Office hymn

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