Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

WEDNESDAY THE TWENTY-SECOND OF NOVEMBER 2017
* C. S. Lewis *

OPENING PRAYER

Almighty God, grant us peace and establish your truth in us as you fill all things living with plenteousness. Remember every faithful soul in trial and comfort, if it be possible, every one in sorrow and distress.

O helper of the helpless, bring the wanderer home and give health to the sick and deliverance to the captive.

Sustain the aged, comfort the weak-hearted, set free those whose souls are bound in misery; remember all those that are in affliction, necessity and emergency, everywhere.

Let us dwell with you in peace, as children of light and, in your light, Lord, let us see the light.

Direct, O Lord, in peace, the close of our life. Gather us, when you will, into the abodes of your chosen; without shame or stain or sin. Amen.

( Rowland Williams )

CANTICLE

"The Apologist’s Evening Prayer"
by C. S. Lewis

From all my lame defeats and oh! much more;
from all the victories that I seemed to score;
from cleverness shot forth on thy behalf
at which, while angels weep, the audience laugh;
from all my proofs of thy divinity,
thou, who wouldst give no sign, deliver me.

Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust, instead
of thee, their thin-worn image of thy head.
From all my thoughts, even from my thoughts of thee,
O thou fair Silence, fall, and set me free.
Lord of the narrow gate and the needle’s eye,
take from me all my trumpery lest I die.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

C. S. Lewis:
he gave in, and admitted that God was God

"Jack" Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898 and was given the name Clive Staples Lewis. His father was a solicitor and his mother was a clergyman’s daughter, who died when he was a child. As a boy, Jack spent his time with his brother or, more often, reading alone in an attic full of books. As an Oxford University academic he taught English at Magdalen College.

As he tells in his book “Surprised by Joy,” he came to believe in God in 1929. Belief in Jesus came in 1931. He was a bold and public defender of Christianity. In a series of radio broadcasts, now collectively known as “Mere Christianity,” he made theology interesting for ordinary people. His “Screwtape Letters” helped people come to terms with the reality of evil.

His works also include the famous “Chronicles of Narnia,” in which those who have been scared by the watchful dragons of religion can experience awe and joy in the presence of One who, in our world, is known by a different name. In 1956 Lewis married Joy Davidman, a recent convert to Christianity herself. Lewis died on November 22, 1963.

Quote: “You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up as a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon, or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God.”

Scripture. In the "Book of Proverbs," chapter twenty-three, verses fifteen to eighteen we read:

My child, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad. My soul will rejoice when your lips speak what is right. Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always continue in the fear of the LORD. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for Christian apologists, writers of popular theology and authors of divine allegory.

... for the people of Lebanon, who celebrate their national day today.

... for the people of Zimbabwe; that their future may be more peaceful and prosperous than their past.

... for those who have died recently 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 "Letters to Malcolm" by C. S. Lewis:

I will not believe in the managerial God and his general laws. If there is providence at all, everything is providential and every providence is a special providence. It is an old and pious saying that Christ died not only for man but for each man, just as much as if each had been the only man there was. Can I not believe the same of this creative act which, as spread out in time, we call destiny or history? It is for the sake of each human soul. Each is
an end. Perhaps for each beast. Perhaps even each particle of matter; the night sky suggests that the inanimate also has for God some value we cannot imagine. His ways are not (not there, anyway) like ours.

If you ask why I believe all this, I can only reply that we are taught, both by precept and example, to pray, and that prayer would be meaningless in the sort of universe Pope pictured. One of the purposes for which God instituted prayer may have been to bear witness that the course of events is not governed like a state but created like a work of art to which every being makes its contribution and (in prayer) a conscious contribution, and in which every being is both an end and a means. And since I have momentarily considered prayer itself as a means let me hasten to add that it is also an end. The world was made partly that there might be prayer; partly that our prayers might be answered. But let’s have finished with “partly". The great work of art was made for the sake of all it does and is, down to the curve of every wave and the flight of every insect.

CLOSING PRAYER

O God of searing truth and surpassing beauty, we give you thanks for Clive Staples Lewis, whose sanctified imagination lights fires of faith in young and old alike. Surprise us also with your joy and draw us into that new and abundant life which is ours in Christ Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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

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Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s — 1 Comment

  1. It’s been many years, actually, since I’ve read “Letters to Malcolm.” and I’m thinking now that I need to have another go at it fairly soon. I LOVE the concept of prayer being a work of art.