FRIDAY THE SIXTEENTH OF JUNE, 2017
Grant unto us, almighty God, in all time of sore distress, the comfort of the forgiveness of our sins. In time of darkness give us blessed hope, in time of sickness of body give us quiet courage; and when the heart is bowed down, and the soul is very heavy, and life is a burden, and pleasure a weariness, and the sun is too bright, and life too mirthful, then may that Spirit, the Spirit of the Comforter, come upon us, and after our darkness may there be the clear shining of the heavenly light; that so, being uplifted again by your mercy, we may pass on through this our mortal life with quiet courage, patient hope, and unshaken trust, hoping through your loving-kindness and tender mercy to be delivered from death into the large life of the eternal years. Hear us of your mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ( George Dawson )
The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.
The Lord is king and has put on glorious apparel;
the Lord has put on his glory
and girded himself with strength.
He has made the whole world so sure
that it cannot be moved.
Your throne has been established from of old;
you are from everlasting.
The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of many waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea,
the Lord on high is mightier.
Your testimonies are very sure;
holiness adorns your house, O Lord, 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.
The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.
Christ our king,
you put on the apparel of our nature
and raised us to your glory;
reign from your royal throne
above the chaos of this world,
that all may see the victory you have won
and trust in your salvation;
for your glory's sake. Amen.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Massacre in Soweto
On the sixteenth of June, 1976, black high school students in Soweto protested against the "Afrikaans Medium Decree" of 1974, which forced all black schools to use Afrikaans and English in a fifty-fifty mix as languages of instruction. The South African government had grown increasingly defiant about its policy of apartheid, in the face of a growing worldwide boycott. Black South Africans preferred to be schooled in their tribal languages or in English, as they called the Afrikaans language “the language of the oppressor.
The movement against Afrikaans began in late April 1976 when students at the Orlando West Junior School in Soweto went on strike. On the sixteenth of June, ten to twenty thousand students held a mass demonstration to protest their second class treatment in education. They wanted equality with the white South Africans.
They had intended to hold their protest in Soweto’s Orlando Stadium, but police barricaded their way.
The police set their dogs on the protestors who responded by stoning the dogs. Then the police opened fire on the crowd. Conservative estimates numbered the dead students at one hundred and seventy-six, while other estimates put the total at closer to seven hundred. The number of wounded were listed at over one thousand. By the seventeenth of June, fifteen hundred heavily armed South African police had taken over the streets of Soweto.
In the aftermath of the massacre, world-wide opposition to Apartheid was strengthened, white South Africans were torn in their reactions to the slaughter, and Nelson Mandela’s ANC party took on a leading role in the political struggle.
Scripture. In the thirtieth chapter of "Deuteronomy" at the nineteenth and twentieth verses, we read:
"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days."
... for peace in the world.
... for the strength to stand up to the demons that hide behind unjust laws and the false religion that props up injustice.
... for an end to apartheid, racial segregation and ethnic cleansing.
... for the youth of New Zealand and elsewhere who are driven by unhappiness in their lives to commit suicide; for an end to the poverty, bullying and dysfunctional home lives that contribute to their misery. DETAILS
... for those killed of injured in a bomb explosion at the gates of a kindergarten in Fengxian in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu. 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.
From "Theophilus to Autolycus" by by Theophilus of Antioch:
You will say, then, to me, “Do you, who see God, explain to me the appearance of God.”
Hear, O man. The appearance of God is ineffable and indescribable, and cannot be seen by eyes of flesh. For in glory he is incomprehensible, in greatness unfathomable, in height inconceivable, in power incomparable, in wisdom unrivalled, in goodness inimitable, in kindness unutterable.
For if I say he is light, I name but his own work; if I call him word, I name but his sovereignty; if I call him mind, I speak but of his wisdom; if I say he is spirit, I speak of his breath; if I call him wisdom, I speak of his offspring; if I call him strength, I speak of his sway; if I call him power, I am mentioning his activity; if providence, I but mention his goodness; if I call him kingdom, I but mention his glory; if I call him Lord, I mention his being judge; if I call him judge, I speak of him as being just; if I call him father, I speak of all things as being from him; if I call him fire, I but mention his anger.
You will say, then, to me, “Is God angry?”
Yes; he is angry with those who act wickedly, but he is good, and kind, and merciful, to those who love and fear him; for he is a chastener of the godly, and father of the righteous; but he is a judge and punisher of the impious.
God and father of all, in your love you made all the nations of the world to be a family, and your son taught us to love one another. Yet our world is riven apart
with prejudice, arrogance, and pride. Help the different races to love and understand one another better. Increase among us sympathy, tolerance, and goodwill, that we may learn to appreciate the gifts that other races bring to us,
and to see in all people our brothers and sisters for whom Christ died. Save us from jealousy, hatred, and fear, and help us to live together as members of one family at home in the world, sons and daughters of one father who live in the liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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