FRIDAY THE EIGHTH OF JUNE, 2018
* Thomas Ken *
Blessing and honour and thanksgiving and praise, more than we can utter, more than we can conceive, be to you, O holy and glorious Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, by all angels, all people, all creatures, for ever and ever. Amen.
( Thomas Ken )
Awake, my soul, and with the sun thy daily stage of duty run;
shake off dull sloth and joyful rise to pay thy morning sacrifice.
Thy precious time misspent, redeem, each present day thy last esteem,
improve thy talent with due care; for the great day thyself prepare.
By influence of the light divine let thy own light to others shine.
Reflect all Heaven’s propitious ways in ardent love, and cheerful praise.
In conversation be sincere; keep conscience as the noontide clear;
think how all seeing God thy ways and all thy secret thoughts surveys.
Wake, and lift up thyself, my heart, and with the angels bear thy part,
who all night long unwearied sing high praise to the eternal king.
All praise to Thee, who safe has kept and hast refreshed me while I slept.
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake I may of endless light partake.
Heaven is, dear Lord, wherever thou art, O never then from me depart;
for to my soul it is hell to be but for one moment void of thee.
Lord, I my vows to thee renew; disperse my sins as morning dew.
guard my first springs of thought and will and with thyself my spirit fill.
Direct, control, suggest, this day, all I design or do or say,
that all my powers, with all their might, in thy sole glory may unite.
I would not wake nor rise again and Heaven itself I would disdain,
were thou not there to be enjoyed and I in hymns to be employed.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
( Thomas Ken )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Thomas Ken: conscience, integrity, and changing times
The course of the Reformation in England was a bit like
a pendulum, swinging back and forth.
Thomas Ken was a bishop in the Church of England in the seventeenth and early eighteenth century, at a time when King James II, a Stuart, came to power as king of England, with decidedly Roman Catholic leanings. Ken was bishop of Bath and Wells, and in 1688 when James issued his so called "Declaration of Indulgence," which would have reversed the consistent plan of conformity to the Church of England, seven bishops refused to publish it. Thomas Ken was among them. On the eighth of June, 1688 he and the others were imprisoned in the tower of London.
Parliament would have none of this openness toward Roman Catholicism either, and they invited William of Orange to take over the country and rule as king. This was known as the Glorious Revolution.
Of course, this cleared the way for Thomas Ken and the other bishops to be freed. But Thomas then found himself in another crisis. As bishop he had sworn on oath to be loyal to James II. Now he was being asked to renege on his oath of loyalty to James in order to take a new oath to support William. He felt in conscience that he could not take that oath as long as James was alive. He and other bishops and clergy who refused to take the new oath were called the “non juring” clergy. They were not imprisoned, but he lost his bishopric at Bath and Wells and lived, more or less, in retirement.
Thomas Ken was also a gifted poet and hymn-writer. He authored the ubiquitous “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow,” “Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun,” and “All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night,“ among others.
Quote: “Teach me to live, that I may dread the grave as little as my bed. Teach me to die, so that I may rise glorious at the awesome day.”
Scripture. "Philippians," chapter four, verses six to eight:
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
... for peace in the world.
... for clergy who have committed no crime but who are not allowed to practice their vocation.
... that we may be people of integrity who keep our promises and whose word can be relied upon.
... that humankind will find the will to repair the damage that it has caused to the oceans and seas of the world. DETAILS
... for the people of Norfolk Island, Australia, who celebrate their national day today.
... 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.
From "Ichabod: or Five Groans of the Church" by Thomas Ken:
Thus vile you are and yet you are proud; thus dishonouring your selves and yet ambitious. Learn of me (said Christ) for I am meek and lowly. Look upon you, you are proud and lordly. I made you ministers for the service of souls, you advance your selves to be rulers. I taught every soul of you to be subject; you are impatient of subjection. Humility and meekness was the glory of my ministers; haughtiness and pride is your shame. Were you raised by the favour of God and men lately, to be high now? God remembered, and man pitied you in your low estate; God will remember, and man will punish you in your high estate. You humbled yourselves, and you were exalted; you exalt yourselves, and you may be made low. Oh the pride that composes your sermons, that contrives your designs, that fills your thoughts, that forms your countenances, that puts the accents and emphasis on your words, that orders your habit, models your gestures; that makes you aim at yourselves in all you do, and forget God; when you should aim at God, and forget yourselves. Shall ministers that bring men to Heaven, live in pride, that cast angels to Hell?
Almighty God, who gave to your servant Thomas Ken grace and courage to bear witness to the truth before rulers and kings: Give us strength also that, following his example, we may constantly defend what is right, boldly reprove what is evil, and patiently suffer for the truth's sake, through Jesus Christ our lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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