Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

THURSDAY THE NINTH OF MARCH, 2017
* EDWARD KING *

OPENING PRAYER

Almighty and eternal God, who has revealed your nature in Christ Jesus your son as love: we humbly pray that you will give us your Holy Spirit, to glorify you also in our hearts as pure love, and so constrain us by your divine power to love you again with our whole souls, and all people as ourselves; that so, by your grace, we may be fulfilled with love, and evermore abide in you and you in us, with all joyfulness, and free from fear or distrust, through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

PSALM FIFTY-TWO

I trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever.

Why do you glory in evil, you tyrant,
while the goodness of God endures continually?

You plot destruction, you deceiver;
your tongue is like a sharpened razor.
You love evil rather than good,
falsehood rather than the word of truth.
You love all words that hurt,
O you deceitful tongue.

Therefore God shall utterly bring you down;
he shall take you and pluck you out of your tent
and root you out of the land of the living.

The righteous shall see this and tremble,
they shall laugh you to scorn, and say:
“This is the one who did not take God for a refuge,
but trusted in great riches and relied upon wickedness.”

But I am like a spreading olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever.

I will always give thanks to you for what you have done;
I will hope in your name,
for your faithful ones delight in it.

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.

I trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever.

Faithful and steadfast God,
nourish your people in this wicked world,
and, through prayer and the scriptures,
give us our daily bread;
through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Edward King: teacher, pastor, bishop, straw man

Today Saint Laika’s remembers Edward King, an outstanding servant of Christ in nineteenth century England.

The Church can be an abusive mother, at times. To understand its history helps one to understand why many today hold it in such utter contempt, while others continue to serve Christ in and through it.

Edward King knew his church history. He understood the bitterness and the politics of the origins of the Church of England in the sixteenth century. His reading of the ancient church “fathers” led him to identify as an Anglo-catholic, someone who sought to restore to the Church of England the heritage of the Christian Church of pre-Reformation times.

His influence on seminary students was immense. Much of his life was spent in theological education. He taught “pastoral theology,” another way of saying he laid out the theological rationale for the way ministry was to be done in the church. He insisted, for example, that preaching could never be effective or worthwhile unless it was rooted in a life of prayer and of love for one’s parishioners. A priest must pray regularly for every member of his parish, individually and by name.

Anglo-catholicism scared many in the Church of England, who felt that the hard won independence of the English Church from Rome was about to be turned back by these priests and bishops who wanted to reclaim the trappings of the Roman Catholic Church. Parliament passed the “Public Worship Regulation Act” in 1874, as an attempt to undercut the growing Anglo-catholic movement. King was viewed with suspicion by the “low-church” folks of denomination. But in 1885, with a new archbishop and a new prime minister, King became Bishop of Lincoln.

In 1888, King was prosecuted for breaking the “Public Worship Regulation Act.” His offences included using lighted candles on the altar, facing eastward with his back to the congregation, having the “Lamb of God” sung at communion, using the sign of the cross to bless the congregation at the end of the service. In 2010, speaking on the one hundredth anniversary of King’s death, the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, called the former prosecution an embarrassment to the church and the state.

As Bishop of Lincoln, King was devout and faithful. He devoted himself unsparingly to pastoral work in his diocese, particularly among the poor, both farmers and industrial workers, as well as condemned prisoners. The private letters of his contemporaries contain many testimonies to his personal holiness and to his loving concern for others. He sought out those whom the Church had failed to reach, and spoke with them about the good news of God’s love declared in Jesus Christ. He died on the eighth of March, 1910.

Scripture. In “The First Letter to Timothy, chapter four, verses seven and eight, we read:

“Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

INTERCESSIONS

We pray…

… for peace in the world.

… for our church leaders to be shepherds rather than managers, pastors who love all in their care rather than mere protectors of the institutions of the Church.

… for the bishops of the Church of England, that they may find the courage to proclaim aloud what they individually believe rather than hiding behind the wall of collegiality.

… for the nineteen teenage girls who died and for all who were injured in a blaze at the Virgen de Asuncion children’s home in San Jose Pinula, Guatemala. 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 “Alone, Yet Not Alone” a sermon by Edward King:

“I am a stranger upon earth:
O hide not thy commandments from me.”
( Psalm One Hundred and Nineteen, verse nineteen )

Faith is not the desperate leap of a moment; it is ultimately the gift of all we have, and are, to God; but first, it is a gift from God to us — it is given us in the behalf of Christ, to believe on him.

“By grace ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

Faith is the gift of God, not only in the object, but in the act.

Saint Augustine has expressed this very fully: “That faith of mine, Lord, which you have given to me, which you breathed into me by the incarnation of your Son, invokes you in prayer through the ministry of your preacher.”

So the text, after confessing man’s solitude and dissatisfaction, ” I am a stranger upon the earth,” and pointing upwards to the only remedy, thy commandments, the will of the personal God, says: “Hide not,” reveal to me, make clear to me what I vaguely feel must be; teach me, give me more light.

Here is the step we have come to, and it is a hard one, too hard for a man to take alone, and so, alas, it becomes to some a stone of stumbling, a rock of offence, for it implies two things — more help from God than we by
nature have.

“To them gave he the power to become the sons of God, which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

And, on our side, it implies surrender, acceptance — “teach me”. Except we become as little children, we cannot enter, we cannot take the first step.

This, brethren, I believe to be the exhortation that nature herself would give to us, and to which the angels are longing to make us attend, as they look down upon us in this busy place, and to which God himself, step by step, is calling us, as he sees us toiling in our loneliness along the way.

“Lift up your hearts,” all seem to say; oh, that we might have grace to
answer, “We lift them up to the Lord.”

CLOSING PRAYER

O God, you raised up your faithful servant Edward to be a bishop and pastor in your Church and to feed your flock: give abundantly to all pastors the gifts of your Holy Spirit, that they may minister in your household as true servants of Christ and stewards of your divine mysteries; 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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