Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s



God, let this be a fruitful day!
Open our eyes to beauty,
tune our ears to harmony,
the fragrance of your love
permeating every moment,
the touch of your hand
guiding all we do,
tasting the delight of your presence
in the sweet ripeness of joy. Amen.

( Carol Penner )


As the deer longs for the water brooks,
so longs my soul for you, O God.
My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God;
when shall I come before the presence of God?
My tears have been my bread day and night,
while all day long they say to me,
"Where is now your God?"

Now when I think on these things, I pour out my soul:
how I went with the multitude
and led the procession to the house of God,
with the voice of praise and thanksgiving,
among those who kept holy day.

Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul,
and why are you so disquieted within me?
O put your trust in God;
for I will yet give him thanks,
who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

My soul is heavy within me;
therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan,
and from Hermon and the hill of Mizar.
Deep calls to deep in the thunder of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and waves have gone over me.

The Lord will grant his loving-kindness in the daytime;
through the night his song will be with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my rock,
"Why have you forgotten me?
and why go I so heavily, while the enemy oppresses me?"

As they crush my bones, my enemies mock me;
while all day long they say to me,
"Where is now your God?"

Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul?
and why are you so disquieted within me?

O put your trust in God;
for I will yet give him thanks,
who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

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.

Come, creator Spirit, source of life;
sustain us when our hearts are heavy
and our wells have run dry,
for you are the Father's gift,
with him who is our living water,
Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

Charles Freer Andrews: “Deenabandhu”

Charles Freer Andrews was an English priest, educator and Indian freedom fighter who is best known as a long time friend and co-worker with Mohandas Gandhi. Taking the initials of Freer’s name CFA, Gandhi used to call him “Christ’s Faithful Apostle.”

It may be hard to understand what prompted a young Anglican priest to decide to live his life among people of a differing culture, and to immerse himself in their struggles for self-government and independence from the very country to which he owed his allegiance. Perhaps we can say it was his love for Christ and his hunger and thirst for justice.

In 1904 he joined the Cambridge Brotherhood in Delhi and arrived there to teach philosophy at Saint Stephen's College, where he famously grew close to many of his Indian colleagues and students.

Increasingly dismayed by the racist behaviour and treatment of Indians by British officials and civilians, he supported Indian political aspirations, and soon became involved in the activities of the Indian National Congress. He met Mohandas Gandhi in South Africa, where he had gone to help the many Indian workers in their fight for justice. He was the one who persuaded Gandhi to return to India.

Freer put himself at the service of India, especially India’s poor, traveling, lecturing, writing, and lobbying on their behalf wherever they happened to be as a result of indentured labour policies, most notably in Fiji and in South Africa. He was given the name “Deenabandhu” ( “Friend of the Poor” ).

As tensions heated up in India’s quest for independence from Britain, Gandhi advised him that it would be better to leave India’s struggle to Indians. So from 1935 onwards, Andrews began to spend more time back in Britain, teaching young people all over the country about Christ’s call to radical discipleship.

Charles Andrew Freer, born on this day in 1871, died while in Calcutta in 1940, and he is buried there.

Scripture. In the twenty-third chapter of "Matthew," at verses eleven and twelve we read:

"The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted."


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for those who campaign for justice and for freedom.

... for those who live for others.

... for the people of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, that there may be peace between them and prosperity in their lands.

... for the people of Tibet and all other occupied lands.

... for those killed or injured in a suspected suicide bomber attack in Lahore, Pakistan. 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.


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 "What I Owe to Christ" by Charles Freer Andrews:

For Christ, our lord and master, seeks from us deeds, not words. Devotion to him is, in the first place, not sentimental, but practical. The first act is to give up at his bidding what is personally known to be wrong, relying on his strength to reinforce our wills so that we are able to do what is right.

If the Christian faith we profess possesses the full dynamic to change men and women, giving them new hope and urging them forward to nobler action, then further proof is hardly needed. But if it has no power to restore and recreate the human will, leading on to deeds of unselfish service, then it stands self-condemned. It has become useless, as salt that has lost its savour. It is like a house built upon the sand, instead of being founded on a rock.

This test of action is a very simple one, but it goes deep. It is the only standard that Christ himself will recognise as sound and true. As the good physician, he probes the disease till he gets down to the evil in the human will itself.

In the first century, there could be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the lives of the disciples had been marvellously changed. Men took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. A miracle of joy had happened. The new birth from within had burst through its own confining sheath in every direction. Century-old conventions were swept aside in a few years. The Spirit of the living God was manifest in the fearless deeds of humble men and women, which had such power of new life and new joy in them that they literally transformed the world.

The same joy, the same power of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, should be witnessed in every country today. The age of miracles, in this sense of the word, has never passed. The great leap forward may still be taken. It is only our own faith and courage that are lacking when he bids us "launch out into the deep.”


Gracious God, you called Charles Freer Andrews to empty himself, after the example of our saviour, so that he might proclaim your salvation to the peoples of India and the Pacific Islands: By your Holy Spirit inspire us with like zeal, that there may be one body and one spirit in Jesus Christ, our saviour; 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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