Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

FRIDAY THE TWENTIETH OF JANUARY, 2017

OPENING PRAYER

You know each of us by name, O God,
and in your sight we have found favour,
yet our minds cannot comprehend the vision of your glory
or the vastness of your love.
Grant that as we glimpse your greatness,
reflected in your many gifts,
we may always return to you
the praise that is yours alone.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

PSALM THIRTY ( abridged )

You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead.

I will exalt you, O Lord,
because you have raised me up
and have not let my foes triumph over me.

Lord my God, I cried out to you
and you have healed me.
You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead;
you restored me to life from among
those that go down to the Pit.

Sing to the Lord, you servants of his;
give thanks to his holy name.
For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye,
his favour for a lifetime.
Heaviness may endure for a night,
but joy comes in the morning.

You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness;
therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead.

Lord, you hide your face
when we trust in ourselves;
strip us of false security
and re-clothe us in your praise,
that we may know you
as the one who raises us from death,
as you raised your son, our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Deacons and their Bishops in the Ancient Church (by Tim)

Today, on this feria day at Saint Laika’s, we continue our sojourn in the ancient church by remembering two deacons and their bishops, who suffered much for Christ.

We first learn of the deacon in the sixth chapter of "Acts." They were created to take care of the physical needs of the Greek speaking widows in the church. One of the distinguishing features of Christianity was their practice of radical community, where believers sold their goods and gave the money to the church for the care of those in need. Over time it was the deacons who were entrusted with this practical work.

In this they worked closely with the bishop the leader of the community. They looked after widows and orphans, they tended those who were sick, and, in general, made sure there were no needy among them. Through the second and third centuries the charity of Christians was often extended to non-believers. In times of famine they fed the hungry, when plague struck, they nursed the sick and buried the dead. Through the ministry of the deacons the church gained credibility and respect even among the non-believers. In the persecution of Diocletian, the last and most savage persecution before the Christian church gained legitimacy in the Roman Empire, they were targeted for arrest in the hopes of gaining the treasure of the church.

This week we remember the ancient feast day of Vincent of Saragossa, a Spanish deacon, who was arrested, together with his bishop, Valerius. Valerius suffered from a speech impediment and counted on Vincent to be his spokesman, his preacher, and the caretaker of the church’s money.

Also this week is the ancient feast day for Agathangelus, a deacon from Rome, along with his bishop Clement of Ancyra, whom he met in Rome, and followed back to Turkey to serve Christ there.

From Spain to Turkey, the Roman Empire spanned the known world. Both of these faithful deacons met their death during the persecution of Diocletian, as did bishop Clement who was judged by Diocletian himself. Only Valerius, because of his speech impediment, was spared death. He was sent into exile and soon died there.

Scripture. In the first chapter of "Philippians," verses one to six, we read:

"To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ."

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for deacons and for all who carry out the diaconate role in our churches.

... for church treasurers and accountants.

... for those who were killed or injured when a car was deliberately driven into pedestrians in central Melbourne, Australia. DETAILS

... for the people of the U.S.A. as Donald Trump is inaugurated to the presidency of their nation.

... for the firefighters and members of the public who were killed or injured when a high-rise building in  the Iranian capital, Tehran, caught fire and collapsed. DETAILS

... for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing.

... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.

... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.

... for ourselves.

THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

READING

From "Fellowship with God" by William Temple:

The question why evil should exist at all is one to be treated by itself. It does exist and that fact has to be dealt with by believer and infidel alike.

Taking the world as it is, with evil actually there, what do we find ?

We find first that the evil principle if left to itself destroys itself. Even for success in selfish competition, some co-operation is indispensable. Even success in thieving depends on honour among thieves. The animals that survive tend to be those that rise above sheer individual selfishness to family affection and loyalty to the pack or herd. The most widespread fact about life may be competition or self-seeking but the prevailing principle even in that competition is mutual aid, co-operation, loyalty, love. In human history the lesson is written plainer still. What we call progress is just the widening of the area in which love is operative and service is given. Loyalty at first is only to the tribe; strangers are enemies, and have few rights, if any. It is a great advance when men realise that the fundamental laws of morality are universal and that it is as wrong to defraud a foreigner as to defraud a fellow countryman. Gradually it is learnt that to refrain from injury is not enough, and that only in service to humanity does the individual or the nation attain the destined goal.

CLOSING PRAYER

Almighty God, whose deacons Vincent and Agathangelus, upheld by you, were not terrified by threats nor overcome by torments, strengthen us to endure all adversity with invincible and steadfast faith; through Jesus Christ our lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

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