WEDNESDAY THE NINETEENTH OF SEPTEMBER, 2018
O eternal Truth, and true Love, and loving Light, our God and our all, enlighten our darkness by the brightness of your light; irradiate our minds by the splendour of holiness, that in your light we may see light, that we, in turn, may enlighten others, and kindle them with the love of you. Amen.
( Edward Bouverie Pusey, 1800-1882 )
Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same.
All may change, but Jesus never. Glory to his name!
O how sweet the glorious message simple faith may claim:
yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same.
Still, he loves to save the sinful, heal the sick and lame,
cheer the mourner, still the tempest; glory to his name!
He, who was the friend of sinners, seeks the lost one now.
Sinner come and at his footstool penitently bow.
He who said, “I will not condemn you, go and sin no more,”
speaks to you that word of pardon as in days of yore.
Often on earth, he healed the sufferer by his mighty hand;
still, our sicknesses and sorrows go at his command;
he who gave his healing virtue to a woman’s touch,
to the faith that claims his fullness still will give as much.
He who pardoned erring Peter never needs you fear;
he who came to faithless Thomas all your doubt will clear;
he who let the loved disciple on his bosom rest,
bids you still, with love as tender, lean upon his breast.
He who amid the raging billows walked upon the sea,
still can hush our wildest tempest, as on Galilee;
he who wept and prayed in anguish in Gethsemane,
drinks with us each cup of trembling, in our agony.
As of old, he walked to Emmaus, with them to abide,
so through all life’s way, he walks ever near our side.
Soon again we shall behold him, hasten Lord the day,
but it will still be this same Jesus as he went away.
Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same.
All may change, but Jesus never. Glory to his name!
( Albert Benjamin Simpson, 1843–1919 )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Ninian and Edward Bouverie Pusey:
Faith ever ancient and ever new.
(transferred from Sunday)
Once again, Saint Laika’s goes into a time warp to join together two servants of God, one from the fourth century and another from the nineteenth century.
Ninian was a Celt, born in southern Scotland in about 360, and is regarded as the first major preacher of the Gospel to the people living in Britain north of the Wall, that is, living outside the territory that had been under Roman rule. He is said to have studied in Rome, and that he is contemporary with Ambrose, Jerome and Augustine. He also was influenced by his friendship with Martin of Tours, with whom he spent some considerable time when he was returning from Italy to Britain.
At about the time of Martin’s death in 397, Ninian built a church at Galloway, in southwest Scotland. From there, Ninian preached throughout southern Scotland, south of the Grampian Mountains, and conducted preaching missions among the Picts of Scotland, as far north as the Moray Firth. He also preached in the Solway Plains and the Lake District of England.
Edward Bouverie Pusey was competent in Hebrew, Arabic and Aramaic. He was Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford and a canon of Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford from 1828 until his death. He was one of the pillars of the Oxford Movement which sought to rekindle in the church of England, the spirit, devotion, and liturgical life of the ancient church. His sermon on the Eucharist got him suspended from university preaching for two years. It was considered too “Roman leaning.” In 1845 he helped to found a convent in London, the first Anglican convent since the sixteenth century. His best-known books defend the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and the inerrancy of scripture.
In the great cholera epidemic of 1866, he did outstanding work in caring for the sick.
He died on the sixteenth of September, 1882 and, two years later, his friends and admirers established Pusey House at Oxford, a library and study centre.
Scripture. In the forty-ninth chapter of “Isaiah,” at verse six, we read:
It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.
… for peace in the world.
… for Christian missionaries and itinerant preachers of the Gospel.
… that the Celtic and Catholic traditions of the Christian faith may be valued by all the Church.
… for the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis who celebrate their national day today.
… for an end to the gangland killings in London and elsewhere. DETAILS
… for the children of Yemen. 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.
From “Do All to the Lord Jesus,” a sermon by E. B. Pusey:
All, probably, have felt at times a painful void, after they had been wholly taken up with some work of their calling or active duty. The soul has seemed to come to itself and found itself empty and exhausted. What it has done, it has, according to its infirmity, done according to the will of God. At least, it does not, on examining itself, find anything, in any marked way done contrary to the law and will of God. On the contrary, it has even been employed in his service: it set out, perhaps, with some brief prayer that it might do it as God willed, or that God be thereby glorified; at least, at the outset of the day, it commended all its works to God, that they “might be ordered by his governance to do always that is righteous in his sight;” and yet, its work over, all which it has done often seems one great void. It has not, perhaps, laboured in vain; it has done what was given it to do; its work may have been for the good of man, or for the glory of God; and yet, when all is over, and others think perhaps that it has done well, it sinks within itself, unsatisfied with itself, lonely in its inmost self, as though it had been all the while without God.
Some of you, my brethren, must doubtless have known, at times, this state; how at the first moment, when, after a busy day spent amid employment in duty with others, you stood alone with God, all the past seemed one empty turmoil; the soul seemed to have been dead, and now to have a faint sickly life: it seemed to have been away from God, and the whole day since it last prayed to him, to have been lost; one busy emptiness, because God was not in it. Where was the evil in this? Where is the remedy?
The Apostle gives the remedy: “Whatsoever you do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
In the name of the Lord Jesus, i.e., as one who bears his name, in the might of his name, calling upon his name, to the glory of his great name, or, in few words, refer all things to him, receive all from him. Let him be the beginning of all, he the end of all, he the author and finisher of our faith, the beginning from whom all flows, the end, in whom we are gathered, the aim of all we do, the reward for which we look for all which, through him, is wrought to him; he, the fountain of all goodness, from whom all graces flow, the ocean to whom all should flow back, receiving the streams of our thanksgivings, not to be filled by them, but to supply them again to us.
Have him before you as the pattern whom you are to copy, the redeemer in whom is your strength, the master and friend, whom you are to serve and please, your God by whom you have been created and re-created, and who, in his infinite love, is your everlasting reward. Fix your eye on him, as your help, your aim, the centre of your being, that he who has looked on you that you may see him, may rivet you to himself, steady your unsteadfastness, set his eye on you, to guide you. Set him before you, to do all these acts to him.
But can, one will say, all such little acts be done to him? Was it not almost an indignity to bring such little things in reference to his great majesty? One might rather say, great love shows itself most in little acts. So we ourselves feel it in earthly love. Nothing is too little to be done for one deeply loved. In great acts we may please ourselves, have self-satisfaction, be self-complacent. Nothing, but deep, fixed love will do unweariedly all little things, not for its own will, but to please whom it loves. Love has the object of love ever in its eye, its thoughts. It acts spontaneously because it loves; not to show its love, but because it loves and cannot but so act.
As the character of the wicked is entire forgetfulness of God, “not” to have “God in all his thoughts,” so “I have set God always before me,” are the Psalmist’s words of him who saw no corruption, because he was the Holy One of God.
Little things are the very instances of acceptable service given by holy scripture. It with not, “Give your bodies to be burned for the glory of God”, nor to all, “Sell that which you have and give alms to the Glory of God,” but it takes the very least, every-day things. “Whether you eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.” It excepts nothing, “do all;” it instances only the very least things, things which all must do almost every day, what our Lord includes under “daily bread,” that so we may stop at nothing short of all, but our whole being, doing, thinking, willing, longing, having, loving, be wrapt up, gathered, concentrated, in the one will and good-pleasure of our God.
O God, who by the preaching of your blessed servants, Ninian and Edward, you caused the light of the Gospel to shine in the land of Britain: grant, we pray, that, having their lives and labours in remembrance, we may show our thankfulness by following the example of their zeal and patience; 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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