WEDNESDAY THE TWENTY-EIGHTH OF JUNE, 2017
O you, who are the true sun of the world, evermore rising, and never going down; who, by your most wholesome appearing and sight nourishes and makes joyful all things, as well that are in heaven, as also that are on earth; we beseech you mercifully and favourably to shine into our hearts, that the night and darkness of sin and the mists of error on every side, being driven away, your brightly shining within our hearts, we may all our life long go without any stumbling or offence, and may walk as in the daytime, being pure and clean from the works of darkness, and abounding in all good works which you have prepared for us to walk in. Amen.
( Erasmus )
PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND TWO ( abridged )
My help comes from the Lord.
O Lord, hear my prayer
and let my crying come before you.
Hide not your face from me
in the day of my distress.
Incline your ear to me;
when I call, make haste to answer me,
for my days are consumed in smoke
and my bones burn away as in a furnace.
My heart is smitten down and withered like grass,
so that I forget to eat my bread.
From the sound of my groaning
my bones cleave fast to my skin.
I have eaten ashes for bread
and mingled my drink with weeping,
because of your indignation and wrath,
for you have taken me up and cast me down.
My days fade away like a shadow
and I am withered like grass.
But you, O Lord, shall endure for ever
and your name through all generations.
You will arise and have pity on Zion;
it is time to have mercy upon her;
surely the time has come.
For your servants love her very stones
and feel compassion for her dust.
Then shall the nations fear your name, O Lord,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
when the Lord has built up Zion
and shown himself in glory;
When he has turned to the prayer of the destitute
and has not despised their plea.
This shall be written for those that come after,
and a people yet unborn shall praise the Lord.
For he has looked down from his holy height;
from the heavens he beheld the earth,
that he might hear the sighings of the prisoner
and set free those condemned to die;
that the name of the Lord may be proclaimed in Zion
and his praises in Jerusalem,
when peoples are gathered together
and kingdoms also, to serve the Lord.
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.
My help comes from the Lord.
Have pity on our frailty, O God,
and in the hour of our death
cast us not away as clothing that is worn,
for you are our eternal refuge;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Cornelius Hill: caught between two worlds, he builds a bridge
Today in the United States, the Episcopal Church remembers Cornelius Hill, chief of the Oneida Indian tribe and Episcopal priest.
The shameful treatment of the native peoples of North America by the US Government is well documented. The Oneida tribal lands were in central and western New York State, but in the eighteen hundreds The Oneida tribe was “relocated” to Wisconsin. Further attempts to “civilise the Indians,” came in the form of land allotment. The US Government wanted to break up the tribal identity by allotting a certain acreage to each individual member of the tribe. Each family would have individual ownership of their property.
The Oneida’s were deeply divided over the land allotment policy, some of the leaders felt it was inevitable and advocated for compliance. But the Oneida chief, Onan-gwat-go (Big Medicine) staunchly opposed land allotment and pressured the US government to respect its earlier treaties.
The Episcopal Church provided outreach and evangelisation among the Oneida and other tribes. Cornelius Hill, Chief Onan-gwat-go’s English name had been nurtured and taught by these Episcopalians from his early days.
As chief of the Oneidas, he cherished his Christian faith. It gave him strength to grapple with the great changes that came upon his people. It gave him courage to stand against policies he felt were harmful to his people. He used his Christian faith to build a bridge from his native culture to the all-encompassing Euro-centric culture of the United States.
In 1893, the feared land allotment policy became law. Cornelius Hill turned his attention completely to religion. He became a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1895 and a priest in 1903. He repeated his ordination vows in the Oneida language. He was revered by his people and died on the twenty-seventh of June in 1907.
Scripture. In the fifth chapter of "Amos," at verses fourteen and fifteen, we read:
"Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph."
... for peace in the world.
... for the first peoples of the USA, for their leaders and for those who provide them with spiritual care.
... for priests who work within their own communities.
... for the people of Venezuela as their country moves closer to civil war following a grenade attack on the supreme court. 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 "Incarnation" by Sundar Singh:
We all have a natural, inborn desire to see God. But God is infinite and incomprehensible. No one can see God without being of the same infinite nature as God. We are finite, and so we cannot see God. But God is love. He is also the source of our craving to know and love him. Out of this love God took on a form that is comprehensible to us mortal beings. Through this act of love we can now share in the joy of the angels by seeing and knowing God directly.
This is why the Master said: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”
God knows well the inner state of every human being and reveals himself to each heart in accordance with its needs. There is no better way for a person to enter true spiritual life than by encountering God directly. God became man and dwelt among us so that we might not fear him as something terrible and foreign, but instead see that God is love.
Everliving lord of the universe, our loving God, you raised up your priest Cornelius Hill, last hereditary chief of the Oneida nation, to shepherd and defend his people against attempts to scatter them in the wilderness: help us, like him, to be dedicated to truth and honour, that we may come to that blessed state you have prepared for us; through Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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