Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

TUESDAY THE EIGHTH OF AUGUST, 2017

OPENING PRAYER

Let all your works praise you, O Lord, and your servants rejoice in thanking you. True is your word, which counts us worthy of pity, and faithful your help for our heart’s trust to rest upon. O God, your strength is made perfect in those who have not cared for themselves, but sought the eternal; then you bring forth truth to victory. Make known to me your ways, O God, and let me walk in your truth. Go on, O God, victoriously, and open me the gate of hope, out of darkness into light. Since you have not taken me away in the midst of my day, but upheld my soul in life, suffer not my feet to slip. Grant me a work of your love to do, and prosper it in my hands. Let me not die until I have fulfilled your will; and let me enter with joy into rest. Amen.

( Rowland Williams )

PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN

The Lord has been mindful of us
and he will bless us.

Not to us, Lord, not to us,
but to your name give the glory,
for the sake of your loving mercy and truth.

Why should the nations say,
"Where is now their God?"

As for our God, he is in heaven;
he does whatever he pleases.

Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak;
eyes have they, but cannot see;
they have ears, but cannot hear;
noses have they, but cannot smell;
they have hands, but cannot feel;
feet have they, but cannot walk;
not a whisper do they make from their throats.
Those who make them shall become like them
and so will all who put their trust in them.

But you, Israel, put your trust in the Lord;
he is their help and their shield.
House of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
he is their help and their shield.
You that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord;
he is their help and their shield.

The Lord has been mindful of us
and he will bless us;
may he bless the house of Israel;
may he bless the house of Aaron;
May he bless those who fear the Lord,
both small and great together.

May the Lord increase you more and more,
you and your children after you.
May you be blest by the Lord,
the maker of heaven and earth.

The heavens are the heavens of the Lord,
but the earth he has entrusted to his children.

The dead do not praise the Lord,
nor those gone down into silence;
But we will bless the Lord,
from this time forth for evermore.
Alleluia.

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 has been mindful of us and he will bless us.

Living God,
defend us from the idols
which our hearts enthrone,
that we may not go down into silence
but be raised to our heaven of heavens
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

“The Gleaners”

When I was a boy attending a Roman Catholic elementary school, I was introduced to the painting called “The Gleaners” by Jean-Francois Millet. It was an example of a religious theme, I was told. I was introduced to the story of Ruth, in the "Old Testament," and the Mosaic law regarding leaving some of the harvest for the poor. It was all rather benign.

I was not introduced to the controversy this painting stirred in France, or the political statement it made about rural poverty in the face of the piles of grain in the background which belonged to the wealthy landowners. My teacher said nothing of the growing movement called socialism, which this picture championed. The Biblical law was based on compassion and community, but there is no touch of the Biblical sense of community and compassion in the contrasting embodiments of grinding poverty in the foreground and the rich harvest in the sunlit distance beyond.

The painting is surprisingly contemporary as we discuss the growing disparity between the super wealthy and the growing ranks of the poor. It is important to remember that from ancient days, God was reminding us of our duties toward the poor.

Scripture. In the book of "Leviticus," chapter twenty-three, verse twenty-two, we read:

"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and for the alien: I am the LORD your God."

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for all contemporary “gleaners” who scavenge among the refuse of supermarket and restaurant bins; feed off the charity of food banks or homeless centres.

... that the eyes of the rich will be opened to the suffering of the poor and that their hearts will be filled with compassion.

... for artists who use their talents to show us the truth about the societies we live in.

... for young people awaiting exam results.

... for peace on the streets of Northern Ireland and an end to community events that enflame sectarian hatred. DETAILS

... that the taboos that surround various illnesses and physical abnormalities may be eradicated from society. DETAILS

... for an end to corruption in the South African government.

... 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 "Homily Fifty" by John Chrysostom:

Would you do honour to Christ's body? Neglect him not when naked; do not honour him with silken garments in church and neglect him as he perishes outside from cold and nakedness. For he that said, "This is my body," and by his word confirmed the fact, also said, "You saw me hungry, and fed me not" and, "Inasmuch as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me."

Let us learn therefore to be strict in life and to honour Christ as he himself desires. For to him who is honoured that honour is most pleasing which it is his own will to have, not that which we account best. Since Peter too thought to honour him by forbidding him to wash his feet, but his doing so was not an honour, but the contrary.

Even so, honour him with this honour which he ordained, spending your wealth on poor people. Since God has no need at all of golden vessels, but of golden souls.

CLOSING PRAYER

Lord God, you came to give honour to the least, those forgotten, overlooked and misjudged. You came to give first place to the last, those left behind, misunderstood and undervalued. You came to give a warm welcome to the lost, those who are orphaned, abandoned and destitute.

Help us to be your ears to listen to their cries.
Help us to be your voice speaking out love and acceptance.
Help us to be your feet walking beside those in need.
Help us to be your hands to clothe, feed and shelter them.

You came for the least,
the lost and last of this world.
Lord, hear our prayer. Amen.

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

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