MONDAY THE TWENTY-SEVENTH OF NOVEMBER 2017
Lord, open my heart for your love, keep your love in me, prepare me by your love for greater fullness of your love, until I have reached the fullest measure of love, which you, in your eternal love, has willed for me. Make me, in thought, word, and deed, to love you, and thank you and praise you, and praising you to love you more, and know you more, how worthy you are of all love and praise, until I am made fit, with all your saints and angels, to love you and praise you everlastingly; and breathe out my soul to you in loving you and praising you for all your boundless, undeserved love to me, your poor sinner; yet, though a sinner, yours, O God my God. Amen.
( E. B. Pusey )
PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-EIGHT
O praise the name of the Lord.
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you his angels;
praise him, all his host.
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you stars of light.
Praise him, heaven of heavens,
and you waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for he commanded and they were created.
He made them fast for ever and ever;
he gave them a law which shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all deeps;
fire and hail, snow and mist,
tempestuous wind, fulfilling his word;
mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars;
wild beasts and all cattle,
creeping things and birds on the wing;
kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the world;
young men and women,
old and young together;
let them praise the name of the Lord.
For his name only is exalted,
his splendour above earth and heaven.
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.
O praise the name of the Lord.
O glorious God, your whole creation sings your marvellous work; may heaven’s praise so echo in our hearts that we may be good stewards of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Eberhard and Emmy Arnold:
founders of The Bruderhof
Eberhard Arnold was born into a family with serious religious conviction. His father was a doctor of theology and philosophy and his paternal grandfather was a pastor and missionary in the Evangelical State Church of Prussia. At the age of sixteen, Eberhard experienced an inner change of disposition. After completing his education he became aligned with the Salvation Army doing youth work and evangelism. In 1908 he left the state church, and in 1909 married Emmy von Hollander. He was a much sought after speaker and editor of “The Furrow," the publication of the Christian Student Movement. He became interested in the early Anabaptist movements during the Reformation, with their emphasis on the Sermon on the Mount as the basis of ethical living. At age thirty-seven, he abandoned middle-class life. It was then, in 1920, that he founded a community, together with his wife and children and several other adults and children, where the Sermon on the Mount could be lived out in daily interaction. This became the origin of what Arnold called “The Bruderhof” (place of brothers).
He learned that in America there were still communities of Hutterites, which had been founded along similar lines. He travelled to America and spent the year of 1930 visiting their communities and learning of their ways. Back in Germany, he was disturbed by the growing Nazi movement and the way the state churches failed to sound an alarm. In November 1933, the Bruderhof community was raided by the Gestapo, who searched for arms and anti-Nazi literature and closed the community's school. With their school age children safe in Switzerland, the Arnolds struggled to shepherd the Bruderhof to safety, eventually settling in Liechtenstein. During this time Arnold suffered a leg injury which would eventually lead to his death on the twenty-second of November, 1935.
Emmy Arnold survived her husband by forty-five years and saw the spread of the Bruderhof to many places around the world. She died in 1980 at the age of ninety-five. Today the Bruderhof have communities in United States, England, Germany, and Australia. They number over two thousand five hundred members.
Scripture. In the "Book of Acts," chapter four, verses thirty-two and thirty-three, we read:
Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
... for peace in the world.
... for members of the Bruderhof and other communities of Christians striving to live their lives after the radical example of the first church in Jerusalem.
... that we make take to heart the teaching of Christ in his sermon on the Mount and live our lives accordingly.
... for those living near to Mount Agung volcano in Bali. DETAILS
... for Pope Francis as he visits Myanmar; that his counselling may help bring about an end to the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in the land. DETAILS
... for civilians killed or injured during Russian air strikes in Syria. DETAILS
... 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.
From "Becoming True Men and Women" by Eberhard Arnold:
It has been said that we should become truly human and dedicate ourselves to all people. This true humanity is seen most clearly in Jesus Christ and his Sermon on the Mount. For this we must have the love that exists among children, for with them love rules without any special purpose.
If we can feel what it means to become truly human and to find the right attitude of serving all who suffer; if we can become united about what Jesus said and how he lived, and agree that his nature was clearly revealed in the Sermon on the Mount; if we can recognise that the childlike spirit of love is all we need—then we will know the spirit that leads to such a life, and we will feel very close to one another.
Blessed are those who have heart. Blessed are those who love, who build up unity everywhere. Blessed are those who stand with the poor; blessed are those who themselves are poor as beggars. Blessed are those who know themselves as beggars before the Spirit. Blessed are those who are so poor that they hunger and thirst. Blessed are those who feel this hunger and thirst for justice, for the justice of the heart, of love, for the establishment of peace in unity. For they are the people who carry the pain of the world on their hearts, who carry the suffering of the world in their innermost being. They do not think of themselves, for their whole heart is turned toward others.
Yet they are the people who are misunderstood and persecuted because they love justice and do not take part in injustice. This is why they are the salt of the earth. They do not take part in the injustice of mammon. They have no wealth, no savings account, nothing in the bank, nothing invested in houses or land; they have nowhere to go when need comes to them. Jesus tells us not to gather riches on this earth, but to gather the fortune found in love. Let your whole fortune be love, so that wherever you go hearts will open to you. You will be met with hatred because you bring justice, and you will be persecuted and hounded to death for not taking part in injustice. But you will be received with great love in huts which are open for you, and you will be taken in because you bring love.
This is your treasure and your wealth. It will free you of all care. You will be close to nature. You will live with the flowers and the birds, and you will not worry about your clothes or food. You will be one with the birds that find their food, and in harmony with the flowers that are clothed more beautifully than any vain men or women.
There is nothing greater than love. There is nothing more holy than love. There is nothing more true than love, nothing more real. So let us hand our lives over to love and seal the bond of love.
Almighty God, make your church perfect in love and all good works and establish in it the faith delivered to the saints. Sanctify and unite your people in all the world, that one, holy Church may bear witness to you, the creator and redeemer of all; through Jesus Christ, our saviour and lord. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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