TUESDAY THE SEVENTH OF NOVEMBER 2017
O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to receive the prayers of your people who call upon you; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-EIGHT ( abridged )
Search me out, O God, and know my heart.
Lord, you have searched me out and known me;
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You mark out my journeys and my resting place
and are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
You encompass me behind and before
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go then from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I climb up to heaven, you are there;
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
your right hand hold me fast.
For you yourself created my inmost parts;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
Search me out, O God, and know my heart;
try me and examine my thoughts.
See if there is any way of wickedness in me
and lead me in the way everlasting.
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.
Search me out, O God, and know my heart.
Creator God, may every breath we take be for your glory, may every footstep show you as our way, that, trusting in your presence in this world, we may, beyond this life, still be with you where you are alive and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Willibrord, Archbishop of Utrecht, 739;
Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, 1719;
John Christian Frederick Heyer, 1873;
Ludwig Nommenson, 1918:
Ever since Jesus commanded his disciples to go and make disciples of every nation, followers of Jesus have gone out to bring the gospel to others.
On the seventh of November, the Anglican Calendar remembers Willibrord who, in the eighth century went to the Low Countries to tell of Jesus. He died on this day in 739.
We know about Willibrord’s life and missionary labours through a notice in the Venerable Bede’s "Ecclesiastical History" and a biography by his younger kinsman, Alcuin. He was born in Northumbria about 658. For twelve years (678 to 690) he studied in Ireland, where he acquired his thirst for missionary work. In 690, with twelve companions, he set out for Frisia (the Netherlands), a pagan area that was increasingly coming under the domination of the Christian Franks. There Bishop Wilfrid and a few other Englishmen had made short missionary visits, but with little success. With the aid of the Frankish rulers, Willibrord established his base at Utrecht.
In 698 he founded the monastery of Echternach, near Trier. His work was frequently disturbed by the conflict of the pagan Frisians with the Franks, and for a time he left the area to work among the Danes. For three years (719 to 722) he was assisted by Boniface, who at a later time came back to Frisia to strengthen the mission. In a very real sense, Willibrord prepared the way for Boniface’s more successful achievements by his relations with the Franksish rulers and he papacy, who thus became joint sponsors of missionary work.
Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg was a missionary among the Tamil people on the southeast coast of India. He ran into opposition to his work from local Hindu leaders, and was held, for a time in jail. Today the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church carries on his work.
John Christian Frederick Heyer was a missionary in the Andhra region of India. Today the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church is a small but thriving community descended from those who heard the gospel from him.
Lastly, Ludwig Nommenson went to Sumatra in the 1860’s to serve as a missionary among the Batak people. He started a religious center called “ Village of Peace,” translated the scriptures into the Batak language, and today the Batak Christian Protestant Church continues from the seeds he planted.
Scripture. In the fifty-fifth chapter of "Isaiah," verse five, we read:
See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
... for peace in the world.
... for missionaries and evangelists and all who take the good news of Jesus Christ into places where it is not known or where the Christian faith is suppressed.
... for those killed or injured when gunmen, disguised as police officers, attacked the Shamshad television station in the Afghan capital Kabul. DETAILS
... for the people of Delhi whose health is in danger because of the dense smog that has descended on their city; for all whose lives are affected by pollution. DETAILS
... for those who have had money stolen through scams and fraud.
... for the two boys who were killed, the three girls who were injured and all the children were traumatised when a car crashed into a primary school classroom in Sydney; for the safety of children whilst they are at school. DETAILS
... for children who are bullied at school because of their weight and those who are negatively self-conscious of their appearance.
... 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 "Evangelism in the Early Church" by Michael Green:
The Christian Gospel was intended for all men everywhere. The early Christians had no hesitations on that point: it was the agreed starting point for mission. The very nature of God demands a universal mission: if there is but one God, whose will for all men is that they should be saved, then the preaching would be worldwide.”
Almighty God, we thank you for calling forth missionaries to preach the gospel in foreign lands. Raise up in this and every land evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, that your Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our saviour, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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