WEDNESDAY THE TWENTY-NINTH OF MARCH, 2017
* John Keble *
O Lord, let me not, from now on, desire health or life, except to spend them for you, with you, and in you. You alone know what is good for me; therefore do what you consider best. Give to me, or take from me; conform my will to yours; and grant that, with humble and perfect submission, and in holy confidence, I may receive the orders of your eternal providence; and may equally adore all that comes to me from you; through Jesus Christ our lord Amen.
(Blaise Pascal )
Blest are the pure in heart,
for they shall see our God;
the secret of the Lord is theirs,
their soul is Christ’s abode.
The Lord, who left the heavens
our life and peace to bring,
to dwell in lowliness with men,
their pattern and their king;
still to the lowly soul
he doth himself impart
and for his dwelling and his throne
chooseth the pure in heart.
Lord, we thy presence seek;
may ours this blessing be;
give us a pure and lowly heart,
a temple meet for thee.
( John Keble and William John Hall )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
John Keble: founding father of the Oxford Movement
Today Saint Laika’s remembers John Keble, poet, pastor, servant of Christ, and the man whose vision of the Church gave birth to the Oxford Movement.
Keble was born in 1792. His father was also a priest. He won a scholarship to Oxford at age fourteen and graduated in 1811 with highest honours. His greatest written work is a book of poems entitled “The Christian Year,” in which he sought to call his readers to a deeper reverence for the rhythm of the liturgical year. He was ordained in 1816 and served the church as a priest and the University as professor of poetry for several years. In 1836, after a series of postings to small rural churches, Keble began a thirty year ministry in the village of Hursley, near Winchester. There he found great satisfaction in the life of a priest, and developed a reputation for providing solid spiritual guidance for many who wrote to him seeking help.
On the fourteenth of July 1833 he preached a sermon to the judges and officers of the court system on the occasion of the beginning of a new term of court. It was known as the Assize Sermon. It was entitled “National Apostasy,” and was a challenging call to a faithless nation, to heed the voice of the church as the prophetic voice of God. It was this sermon that ignited what history has called the Oxford Movement, which sought to re-establish for the Church of England its ancient sacramental life.
Though plunged into controversy by his leadership in this movement, his love for the church and his loyalty to Christ was unswerving. Within three years of his death at age seventy-four, a college bearing his name was established at Oxford “to give an education in strict ﬁdelity to the Church of England.” For Keble, this would have meant dedication to learning in order “to live more nearly as we pray.”
“New every morning is the love
our wakening and uprising prove;
through sleep and darkness safely brought,
restored to life and power and thought.
New mercies, each returning day,
hover around us while we pray;
new perils past, new sins forgiven,
new thoughts of God, new hopes of heaven.”
Scripture. In the twelfth chapter of “Romans,” at verses nine to twelve we read:
“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.”
… for peace in the world.
… for poets.
… that we value and keep that from the past which is good whilst embracing that which is good in the present.
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… 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.
From “National Apostasy” a sermon by John Keble:
After all, the surest way to uphold or restore our endangered church, will be for each of her anxious children, in his own place and station, to resign himself more thoroughly to his God and saviour in those duties, public and private, which are not immediately affected by the emergencies of the moment: the daily and hourly duties, I mean, of piety, purity, charity, justice. It will be a consolation understood by every thoughtful churchman, that let his occupation be, apparently, never so remote from such great interests, it is in his power, by doing all as a Christian, to credit and advance the cause he has most at heart; and what is more, to draw down God’s blessing upon it. This ought to be felt, for example, as one motive more to exact punctuality in those duties, personal and official, which the return of an Assize week offers to our practice ; one reason more for veracity in witnesses, fairness in pleaders, strict impartiality, self-command, and patience, in those on whom decisions depend ; and for an awful sense of God’s presence in all. An apostle once did not disdain to urge good conduct upon his proselytes of lowest condition, upon the ground, that, so doing, they would adorn and recommend the doctrine of God our saviour (Titus ii. 10). Surely, then, it will be no unworthy principle, if any man be more circumspect in his behaviour, more watchful and fearful of himself, more earnest in his petitions for spiritual aid, from a dread of disparaging the holy name of the English church, in her hour of peril, by his own personal fault or negligence.
As to those who, either by station or temper, feel themselves most deeply interested, they cannot be too careful in reminding themselves, that one chief danger, in times of change and excitement, arises from their tendency to engross the whole mind. Public concerns, ecclesiastical or civil, will prove indeed ruinous to those, who permit them to occupy all their care and thoughts, neglecting or undervaluing ordinary duties, more especially those of a devotional kind.
Grant, O God, that in all time of our testing we may know your presence and obey your will; that, following the example of your servant John Keble, we may accomplish with integrity and courage what you give us to do, and endure what you give us to bear; through Jesus Christ our lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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