Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* Wilson Carlile *


Here and now I give myself to you, and here and now you give yourself to me, and here and now I find your love within. Break through me, Lord, that others I may win; your wounded body and your lifeblood poured impel me forth to live and preach you, Lord.

( Wilson Carlile )


Go, you workers in God’s vineyard, go, you heralds of the cross;
go, invite the lost to Jesus, go, you will not suffer loss.
Go, for God will give you courage, go, you will not be alone;
go, his arm will be around you, go, for him, to every home.

You may meet with many trials, you may sometimes meet rebuff;
you may find the way unpleasant, you must pray for grace enough.
You must work and do the bidding, you have his command to go;
you must never be discouraged, you will overcome the foe.

Grant us, Lord, your heavenly blessing, give your grace from up above;
house to house, for visitation, in your name we will go in love.
Brothers, sisters, friends and neighbours, pastors, teachers, students, all,
are united in this service, on us richest blessings fall.

( Lewis F. Lindsay, late nineteenth century )

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Wilson Carlile: making war against sin and the devil

Today Saint Laika’s remembers Wilson Carlile, founder of the Church Army, priest, evangelist, a friend of the poor.

Wilson Carlile was born in 1847. As a child, music was a great delight to him. He was also good at languages. When he was sent to school in France at age fourteen, he quickly learned to speak French. In later life, he was also proficient at German and Italian. Upon his return from France he joined his grandfather’s business firm and by age eighteen, owing to his grandfather’s failing health, Carlile came to be mostly in control. Thus, at the beginning of the 1870s, he found himself a successful young businessman.

In 1873, a great depression began and continued with a few breaks until 1896. It brought poverty and distress to working people but also had immediate and disastrous effects on the business community. Carlile was among those severely affected by the depression. The prosperity which he had carefully built up suddenly failed. Mental strain led to a physical breakdown and for many weeks he was confined to his bed. All this time he had spent in acquiring material wealth and position, and all for nothing. He began to question the purpose of life. The answer he found changed his life

Quote. “I have seen the crucified and risen Lord as truly as if he had made himself visible to my bodily sight. That is for me the conclusive evidence of his existence. He touched my heart and old desires and hopes left it. In their place came the new thought that I might serve him and his poor and suffering brethren.”

He became associated with revivalist preacher Dwight L. Moody, from whom he learned much about the techniques of evangelism. Carlile was ordained as a priest in the Church of England. He began to hold mission revivals in the worst slums throughout England. Within the structure of the Church of England, he sought to use the working poor to draw others to Christ. By 1882 he had founded the “Church Army,” modelled, in part, on the recently founded “Salvation Army.” When asked why a Church Army, he replied that he was in a war against sin and the devil. With increasing support from a few bishops, the Army gradually gained the respect of the Church. By 1925, the Church Army grew to become the largest home mission society in the Church of England.

Scripture. In "The Second Letter to the Corinthians," chapter nine, verse ten, we read:

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for the commissioned evangelists of the Church Army; for the success of the Church Army in their task of preaching the good news of God's kingdom.

... that all of us who believe in Christ may bring others to Christ.

... for all involved in family planning services. DETAILS

... for Ellie and all undergoing surgery 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.


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 "The Soul Winner" by Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

What is the real winning of a soul for God? So far as this is done by instrumentality, what are the processes by which a soul is led to God and to salvation? I take it that one of its main operations consists in instructing a man that he may know the truth of God. Instruction by the gospel is the commencement of all real work upon men's minds.

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."

Teaching begins the work, and crowns it, too.

The gospel, according to Isaiah, is, "Incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear, and your soul shall live."

It is ours, then, to give men something worth their hearing; in fact, to instruct them. We are sent to evangelize, or to preach the gospel to every creature and that is not done unless we teach them the great truths of revelation. The gospel is good news. To listen to some preachers, you would imagine that the gospel was a pinch of sacred snuff to make them wake up, or a bottle of ardent spirits to excite their brains. It is nothing of the kind; it is news, there is information in it, there is instruction in it concerning matters which men need to know, and statements in it calculated to bless those who hear it. It is not a magical incantation, or a charm, whose force consists in a collection of sounds; it is a revelation of facts and truths which require knowledge and belief. The gospel is a reasonable system, and it appeals to men's understanding; it is a matter for thought and consideration, and it appeals to the conscience and the reflecting powers.

Hence, if we do not teach men something, we may shout, "Believe! Believe! Believe!" but what are they to believe? Each exhortation requires a corresponding instruction, or it will mean nothing.

"Escape!" From what? This requires for its answer the doctrine of the punishment of sin.

"Fly!" But whither? Then must you preach Christ, and his wounds; yea, and the clear doctrine of atonement by sacrifice.

"Repent!" Of what? Here you must answer such questions as, What is sin? What is the evil of sin? What are the consequences of sin?

"Be converted!" But what is it to be converted? By what power can we be converted? What from? What to?

The field of instruction is wide if men are to be made to know the truth which saves. "That the soul be without knowledge, it is not good," and it is ours as the Lord's instruments to make men so to know the truth that they may believe it, and feel its power. We are not to try and save men in the dark, but in the power of the Holy Ghost we are to seek to turn them from darkness to light.


Lord our God, we thank you for the courage and passion of Wilson Carlile who, after the example of your son, sought new ways to open your church to diverse leaders as beacons of the gospel of Christ. Quicken our hearts to give bold witness to Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


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