WEDNESDAY THE ELEVENTH OF JANUARY, 2017
Lord of the cosmic revolution, ours is not a passive faith, we are the workers in the fields of the kingdom of God. Send us out to proclaim the reality of our salvation in the world today so that others may made aware that they are loved by you. Give us the courage to evangelise not only in our actions but also in words. Send your Holy Spirit to help us in this task. Amen.
I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
The Lord is my shepherd;
therefore can I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures
and leads me beside still waters.
He shall refresh my soul
and guide me in the paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You spread a table before me
in the presence of those who trouble me;
you have anointed my head with oil
and my cup shall be full.
Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
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.
I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
O God, our sovereign and shepherd,
who brought again your Son Jesus Christ
from the valley of death,
comfort us with your protecting presence
and your angels of goodness and love,
that we also may come home
and dwell with him in your house for ever. Amen.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Julia Chester Emery: blessed with a clear vision of global mission
Saint Paul teaches us that every one of us has been given spiritual gifts. Julia Chester Emery was blest with a passion for global mission and she devoted the better part of her life to supporting and strengthening the Global Mission within the Episcopal Church in the United States.
Born in 1852, in 1876 she became secretary of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Board of Missions which had been established by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 1871. She held her position for over forty years. During that time she visited every diocese and missionary district within the United States, encouraging and expanding the work of the Woman’s Auxiliary.
She founded the United Thank Offering. This worked by giving each woman a small box with a slit in the top and encouraging her to drop a small contribution into it whenever she felt thankful for something. Once a year, the women of the parish presented these at a Sunday service. The money was sent to national headquarters to be used for missions.
In 1908 she served as a delegate to the Pan-Anglican Congress in London. From there she traveled around the world, visiting missions in remote areas of China, in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Hawaii and then all the dioceses on the Pacific Coast before returning to New York. In this way she hoped to ignite the faith of Episcopal women with the same passion for global mission for when she had returned to New York. She then set about sharing the stories of global mission with anyone who would listen.
Through her leadership a network was established within the Women’s Auxiliary, which shared a vision of and a commitment to the Church’s mission. An emphasis on educational programmes, a growing recognition of social issues, and the development of leadership among women, were among its stated goals.
"Miss Julia," as she was known, died on the ninth of January, 1921, in New York City, and was buried at the cemetery of Saint James the Less in Scarsdale, New York.
Scripture: In the twelfth chapter of "Romans," verses six to eight, we read:
"We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness."
... for peace in the world.
... for Christian missionaries and those who work to support them.
... for those affected by adverse weather conditions and for those out clearing up and restoring power after storms.
... for President Barack Obama as he approaches the end of his period of office, that he may continue to be a calming and reconciling influence in our world.
... 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.
From "Fellowship with God" by William Temple:
The aim of the divine education of mankind is to train men away from self till they centre their lives on God, because that alone is their true welfare. It is the old paradox. You cannot have salvation as long as you want it. Only when God has so drawn you into the embrace of his love and into obedience to his will that in devotion to Him you cease to care about yourself, can your self be saved. Therefore before the hope of immortality was kindled in men's hearts, the knowledge of God was given, so that those hearts should first of all go out to him.
"Thou hast made us for thyself, and our souls are restless until they find rest in thee."
That remains true even though we have the assurance of our own immortality and of that of our friends. Such assurance, apart from the knowledge of God, may lull us with a false security and be a positive peril to our spiritual health.
As long as we are concerned with our own feelings and desires and purposes be they never so self-abnegating and generous we are shut out from true fellowship. For there is a very deadly form of selfishness that haunts self-sacrifice, and many virtuous people are utterly without good-fellowship. It is when we cease to think about our desires or feelings or experiences and give ourselves wholly to the object before us, that we find fellowship. Bring together two people of different temperaments and set them to understand each other the result is probably a quarrel. Bring them together to work out a practical problem as colleagues, or to face pain and death as comrades, at once there is fellowship between them.
But only one object is lofty and great enough to unite in fellowship all men of all types: it is the supreme reality which we call God.
God of all creation, you call us in Christ to make disciples of all nations and to proclaim your mercy and love: grant that we, after the example of your servant Julia Chester Emery, may have vision and courage in proclaiming the gospel to the ends of the earth; 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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