Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

FRIDAY THE NINTH OF FEBRUARY 2018

OPENING PRAYER

O Lord, whose mercy reaches to the heavens, whose faithfulness knows no end: let the greatness of your love be known to us, that we may worship you with wonder, joy and thanksgiving. Amen.

( "New Every Morning" )

CANTICLE

This is my story, this is my song,
praising my saviour, all the day long.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine;
O what a foretaste of glory divine;
heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my saviour am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

This is my story, this is my song,
praising my saviour, all the day long.

( Fanny Crosby )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Fanny Crosby: “Praising my saviour, all the day long.” 

Fanny Crosby was one of the most prolific hymn writers in American Evangelicalism. It is said that in her lifetime she composed more than eight thousand hymns.

She was born in Putnam County, New York, on the twenty-fourth of March, 1820. Although not born blind, she lost her sight as an infant as a result of complications from a childhood illness. At the age of fifteen, she entered the New York Institute for the Blind where she would later teach for a number of years. In 1858, she married Alexander van Alstyne, a musician in New York who was also blind.

Although known primarily as a hymn writer, she was also an advocate for education for the blind. She was the first woman ever to address the US Congress when she spoke, in 1843, about the need for education for the blind in every state in America. She was on the faculty of the New York Institute for the Blind, and taught grammar, rhetoric, and history. In her later life she was a devoted worker at many of the rescue missions set up in New York. She said that many of her hymns were inspired by her experiences in the city missions. She was also a composer of secular poems and patriotic songs.

Crosby’s texts were so popular that nearly every well-known composer of gospel music of the period came to her for words to accompany their melodies. In most hymn writing, the words come first and then a composer sets them to music, but for Crosby, the words came so quickly and naturally that composers would often take her their tunes and she would immediately begin to shape words that fit the music.

Perhaps the best example of this process led to the creation of Crosby’s most well-known hymn “Blessed Assurance.” On a visit to the home of a friend, the composer Phoebe Knapp, a newly composed tune was played for Crosby. After listening to the tune several times, the text began to take shape, and in a very short time, one of the world’s most popular gospel hymns was born. Fannie Crosby died at age ninety-four on the twelfth of February, 1915.

Scripture. In "Psalm One Hundred and Eight," verses three and four, we read:

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for hymn writers.

... for those who are blind and the poorly sighted.

... that we may know that God loves us and that Jesus is our saviour.

... for the people of southern Cameroon who have been caught up in the bloody crackdown on separatists in the region; for the more than forty thousand refugees who have fled into neighbouring Nigeria and those committed to helping them. 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 in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

READING

From "Mere Christianity" by C. S. Lewis:

Even the best Christian that ever lived is not acting on his own steam, he is only nourishing or protecting a life he could never have acquired by his own efforts. And that has practical consequences. As long as the natural life is in your body, it will do a lot towards repairing that body. Cut it and, up to a point, it will heal as a dead body would not. A live body is not one that never gets hurt, but one that can to some extent repair itself. In the same way a Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble because the Christ-life is inside him, repairing him all the time, enabling him to repeat (in some degree) the kind of voluntary death which Christ himself carried out.

That is why the Christian is in a different position from other people who are trying to be good. They hope, by being good, to please God if there is one; or, if they think there is not, at least they hope to deserve approval from good men. But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because he loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the
sun shines on it.

CLOSING PRAYER

O God, the blessed assurance of all who trust in you: we give you thanks for your servant Fanny Crosby, who, though blind, beheld your glory with great clarity of vision and spent her life giving voice to your people’s heartfelt praise; and we pray that we, inspired by her words and example, may rejoice to sing of your love, 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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