Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s



Come, true light.
Come, life eternal.
Come, hidden mystery.
Come, treasure without name.
Come, reality beyond all words.
Come, person beyond all understanding.
Come, rejoicing without end.
Come, light that knows no evening.
Come, unfailing expectation of the saved.
Come, raising of the fallen.
Come, resurrection of the dead.
Come, all-powerful, for unceasingly you create,
refashion and change all things by your will alone.
Come, invisible whom none may touch and handle.
Come, for you continue always unmoved, yet at every instant you are wholly in movement;
you draw near to us who lie in hell, yet you remain higher than the heavens.
Come, for your name fills our hearts with longing and is ever on our lips;
yet who you are and what your nature is, we cannot say or know.
Come, Alone to the alone.
Come, for you are yourself the desire that is within me.
Come, my breath and my life.
Come, the consolation of my humble soul.
Come, my joy, my glory, my endless delight.

( Symeon the New Theologian )


Good it is to keep the fast, shadowed forth in ages past,
which our own almighty Lord allowed by his deed and word.

Moses, while he fasted, saw God who gave by him the law;
to Elijah angels came, steeds of fire and car of flame.

So was Daniel meet to gaze on the sight of latter days
and the Baptist to proclaim blessings through the Bridegroom’s name.

Grant us, Lord, like them to be oft in prayer and fast with thee;
fill us with thy heavenly might, be our joy and true delight.

Father, hear us through thy son, and the Spirit, with thee one,
whom our thankful hearts adore, ever and forevermore.

( Gregory the First )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Still running, Malcolm?

The Reverend Malcolm Boyd was an Episcopal priest, civil rights warrior and anti-war activist. In 1977 he revealed his homosexuality and in later years became active in the gay rights movement.

Boyd was born in Buffalo, NY in 1923. He was raised in the Episcopal Church but later in his college years, he went through a time of spiritual trouble, searching for meaning and purpose.

He had been working in Hollywood, but in 1951 he began studying to be a priest. He was ordained in 1956. In the early 1960’s he became known as the “Espresso Priest" for his religiously themed poetry-reading sessions at the Hungry i nightclub in San Francisco. At the same time he was active in the civil rights movement. He was a freedom rider in 1961. He led weekly seminars on civil rights. In 1963 Boyd attended an interfaith conference for racial integration in Chicago, where he met and reached out to Malcolm X.

Malcolm Boyd burst onto the national scene with the publication in 1965 of his best selling work, “Are You Running With Me, Jesus?”, a book of prayers, like nothing ever seen. They captured the restlessness of an urbane, new generation. Over the course of his life, Boyd authored over thirty books.

In 1968 he marched with Martin Luther King, Junior in protest against the Vietnam War.

Boyd served on the advisory board of White Crane Institute. He was a frequent contributor to the homosexual wisdom and culture magazine "White Crane." He served as a poet/writer in residence for the Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles. Boyd died of complications from pneumonia at the age of nighty-one in Los Angeles on the twenty-seventh of February, 2015.

Malcolm Boyd’s bishop had this to say: “Malcolm lives on in our hearts and minds through the wise words and courageous example he has shared with us through the years. We pray in thanksgiving for Malcolm’s life and ministry, for his tireless advocacy for civil rights, and for his faithful devotion to Jesus who now welcomes him to eternal life.”

Scripture. In the fourth chapter of "Philippians," at verses eleven through fourteen, we read:

I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.


Let us now call to mind our sin and the infinite mercy of God.

God the Father, have mercy upon us.
God the Son, have mercy upon us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy upon us.
Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, have mercy upon us.

From all evil and mischief; from pride, vanity, and hypocrisy;
from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all evil intent,
good Lord, deliver us.

From sloth, worldliness and love of money;
from hardness of heart and contempt for your word and your laws,
good Lord, deliver us.

From sins of body and mind;
from the deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil,
good Lord, deliver us.

In all times of sorrow; in all times of joy;
in the hour of death, and at the day of judgement,
good Lord, deliver us.

By the mystery of your holy incarnation;
by your birth, childhood and obedience;
by your baptism, fasting and temptation,
good Lord, deliver us.

By your ministry in word and work;
by your mighty acts of power;
and by your preaching of the kingdom,
good Lord, deliver us.

By your agony and trial;
by your cross and passion;
and by your precious death and burial,
good Lord, deliver us.

By your mighty resurrection;
by your glorious ascension;
and by your sending of the Holy Spirit,
good Lord, deliver us.

Give us true repentance; forgive us our sins of negligence and ignorance and our deliberate sins; and grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit to amend our lives according to your holy word.

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy upon us.
Make our hearts clean, O God; and renew a right spirit within us.

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for more priests and ministers to speak out for justice and to care for the outcasts and the excluded.

... for gay clergy.

... on this, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, for the women who have undergone this cruel and deforming procedure and for an end to its practice throughout the world. DETAILS

... for the people of Ghana who celebrate their national day today.

... for an easing of tension between North Korea and South Korea and for an end to the nuclear threat in the region.

... 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.


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.


From “God and the Gay Christian” by Matthew Vines:

My mom taught her Sunday school students that sin was “missing the mark” of God’s will for our lives. But while the Bible helps us understand God’s will, neither my parents nor my church referred only to the Bible when I asked questions about morality. They also explained why something was right or wrong, and why the Bible said what it did. By understanding the reasons behind Scripture’s teachings, I could apply its principles to all circumstances in my life, including those it didn’t directly address.

But as I became more aware of same-sex relationships, I couldn’t understand why they were supposed to be sinful, or why the Bible apparently condemned them. With most sins, it wasn’t hard to pinpoint the damage they cause. Adultery violates a commitment to your spouse. Lust objectifies others. Gossip degrades people. But committed same-sex relationships didn’t fit this pattern. Not only were they not harmful to anyone, they were characterised by positive motives and traits instead, like faithfulness, commitment, mutual love, and self-sacrifice.

What other sin looked like that?

The church’s condemnation of same-sex relationships seemed to be harmful to the long-term well-being of most gay people. By condemning homosexuality, the church was shutting off a primary avenue for relational joy and companionship in gay people’s lives. That wasn’t the case with other sins. Avoiding other sins always seemed to work to our long-term benefit.


Almighty God, your Word speaks with fresh grace to each generation. We give you thanks for the life and witness of Malcolm Boyd, a priest in your church. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, and grant him the peace that the world cannot give. 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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