Daily Prayer

TUESDAY THE TWENTY-SEVENTH OF JUNE, 2017

OPENING PRAYER

O God, the redeemer of our souls, and the comforter of them that mourn, whose will is our peace, and to whom obedience is true freedom; grant me so to be led by your Holy Spirit, that I may be free from vain hopes and discontentment, and from all wrong desires; but may I through patience have experience, and through experience hope, and not be ashamed of hoping in you, our father and our friend, whose holy will be done now and for ever. Amen.

( Rowland Williams )

PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND ONE ( abridged )

Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

I will sing of faithfulness and justice;
to you, O Lord, will I sing.

I will walk with purity of heart
within the walls of my house.
I will not set before my eyes
a counsel that is evil.
I abhor the deeds of unfaithfulness;
they shall not cling to me.

A crooked heart shall depart from me;
I will not know a wicked person.
Haughty eyes and an arrogant heart
I will not endure.
My eyes are upon the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me.
There shall not dwell in my house
one that practises deceit.
One who utters falsehood
shall not continue in my sight.

Morning by morning will I put to silence
all the wicked in the land,
To cut off from the city of the Lord
all those who practise evil.

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.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Keep us, O Lord,
in purity of heart and faithfulness to your commands,
that your servants may walk before you
in the way that is perfect;
through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

James Weldon Johnson: stony the road
(transferred from Sunday)

James Weldon Johnson (seventeenth of June, 1871 to the twenty-sixth of June 1938) was an American author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist.

In the fall of 1916, he was asked to become the national organiser for the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP).

Johnson engaged the NAACP in mass tactics, such as a silent protest parade down New York's Fifth Avenue in which ten thousand African Americans took part on the twenty-eighth of July, 1917. This was a response to racial violence in the midst of World War I.

Throughout the 1920s he was one of the major inspirations and promoters of the Harlem Renaissance trying to refute condescending white criticism and helping young black authors to get published.

James Weldon Johnson published many poems, books, sermons. In his book “God’s Trombones,” he began a poem on the prodigal son with the famous words: “Young man, young man, your arm’s too short to box with God.”

Perhaps most famously he authored the famous anthem: “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

“God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
thou who hast by thy might, led us into the light,
keep us forever in the path, we pray.
lest our feet stray from the places, our God,
where we met thee,
lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world,
we forget thee;
shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand,
true to our God, true to our native land.”

Scripture. In the "First letter of Peter," chapter three, verses fourteen to sixteen we read:

"But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence."

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for artists, poets, and all who open us to God’s wonders in new ways.

... for all who work for equal protection under the law, and equal opportunity for all.

... that those who promote racial hatred may be healed of their sin.

... for the people of Djibouti who celebrate their independence day today.

... for Bishop Mark Strange, the new primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, that he may be a true pastor to the people in under his care and be blessed by God in all he strives to achieve for the Kingdom.

... for children who need new parents and for couples wanting to adopt a child; for childless couples who want, more than anything else in the world, to care for a child who they can call their own.

... 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 "The Divine Presence" by Sundar Singh:

God is love, and the ability to love is inborn in every living creature, most especially in human beings. It is only right therefore that the lover who has given us life and love itself should also receive love from us. God’s love is creative and selfless, giving itself for the joy and benefit of creation. If we do not love God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength and if we do not love others freely and selflessly, then the love within us loses its divine character and turns to selfishness. Love then becomes a curse. Ironically, those who are selfish end up destroying themselves.

CLOSING PRAYER

Good and gracious God, you invite us to recognise and reverence your divine image and likeness in our neighbour. Enable us to see the reality of racism and free us to challenge and uproot it from our society, our world and ourselves. Amen.

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

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