Daily Prayer

FRIDAY THE TWENTY-EIGHTH OF APRIL, 2017

OPENING PRAYER

O God of love, who has given a new commandment, through your only-begotten son, that we should love one another, even as you loved us, the unworthy and the wandering, and gave your beloved son for our life and salvation; we pray you, Lord, give to us your servants, in all time of our life on the earth, a mind forgetful of past ill-will, a pure conscience and sincere thoughts, and a heart to love our sisters and brothers. Amen.

( Coptic Liturgy of Saint Cyril )

PSALM SEVENTY-FIVE ( abridged )

God alone is judge.

We give you thanks, O God, we give you thanks,
for your name is near, as your wonderful deeds declare.

"I will seize the appointed time;
I, the Lord, will judge with equity.
Though the earth reels and all that dwell in her,
it is I that hold her pillars steady.

"To the boasters I say, 'Boast no longer,'
and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horn.
Do not lift up your horn on high;
do not speak with a stiff neck.'"

For neither from the east nor from the west,
nor yet from the wilderness comes exaltation.

But God alone is judge;
he puts down one and raises up another.
For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup,
well mixed and full of foaming wine.
He pours it out for all the wicked of the earth;
they shall drink it, and drain the dregs.
But I will rejoice for ever
and make music to the God of Jacob.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

God alone is judge.

Judge of all the earth,
restrain the ambition of the proud
and establish among us the reign of the Messiah,
who drained for us the cup of judgement
and is alive with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Thor Heyerdahl launches Kon-Tiki

One of earth’s great mysteries is how the earth became populated. If migration originated “out of Africa” as the current theory holds, how did humanity spread across the planet?

Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian ethnologist and explorer, believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Although most anthropologists as of 2010 had come to the conclusion they did not, in 2011, new genetic evidence was uncovered by Erik Thorsby that Easter Island inhabitants do have some South American DNA, lending credence to at least some of Heyerdahl's theses.

His aim in mounting the Kon-Tiki expedition was to show, by using only the materials and technologies available to those people at the time, that there were no technical reasons to prevent them from having done so.
Heyerdahl and a small team went to Peru, where, with the help of dockyard facilities provided by the Peruvian authorities, they constructed the raft out of balsa logs and other native materials in an indigenous style as recorded in illustrations by Spanish conquistadores.

The trip began on the twenty-eighth of April, 1947. Heyerdahl and five companions sailed the raft for one hundred and one days over six thousand nine hundred kilometres (four thousand three hundred miles) across the Pacific Ocean before smashing into a reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands on the seventh of August, 1947. The crew made successful landfall.

After spending a number of days alone on the tiny islet, the crew were greeted by men from a village on a nearby island who arrived in canoes, having seen washed-up debris from the raft. The crew were taken back to the native village, where they were celebrated with traditional dances and other festivities. Finally the crew were taken off Raroia to Tahiti by the French schooner Tamara, with the salvaged Kon-Tiki in tow.

After the destruction visited upon nations and peoples in World War II, Heyerdahl’s expedition represented something noble and hopeful. His thesis was controversial, but people admired his willingness to follow his convictions for the advancement of human knowledge. The bravery of the small crew, kept many people following their progress via the small radio they carried on board.

Thor Heyerdahl spent the rest of his life writing and researching, and mounting expeditions. He died at age eighty-seven in 2002.

Scripture.

In the eleventh chapter of "Genesis at verses eight and nine, we read:

So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore it was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth."

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for explorers and anthropologists.

... for the safety of seafarers.

... for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work. For good health and safety practices in workplaces throughout the world; in particular in the developing world where regulation is lacking or ignored. DETAILS

... that Donald Trump would stop being so aggressive and arrogant in his foreign policy.

... for an end to the threat of terrorism on the streets of our towns and cities.

... for an end to child marriages throughout the world and for the success of initiatives to discourage them. DETAILS

... for those who have died 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, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

READING

From "Meditations on the Cross" by Toyohiko Kagawa:

O winter weather of the human race! After your coldness came the springtide of love omnipotent! The omnipotent love of the Universe — it is its fruitage that we see in Jesus.

Christ is the first man to awake to full consciousness of the Universe, the first to realise his responsibility even for sinners. But as winter comes back again after the fruit-bearing of the flowers so, since the flower of love blossomed in the bosom of Jesus, humanity’s winter has come round again and again in wearying repetition. Nor since then has there yet appeared on earth the flower of universal love, like that of Jesus, brought to blossom and fruition in a group, in a community.

CLOSING PRAYER

Almighty God , with your blessing the human race scattered across the face of the earth, filling the world with life. We bless you for those who study the past and search for deeper understandings, such as Thor Heyerdahl. Help us to ponder the human journey across time, with awe and wonder; 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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