WEDNESDAY THE TENTH OF MAY, 2017
* Nicolaus Zinzendorf *
Creator of us all, we praise your name because you have lovingly made each one of us. May your intended purpose be made real here on earth, even as it is already done in heaven. Feed us today with those things that we truly need, and may we share our abundance with others. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have done wrong to us. In times of temptation, may we know of your live giving strength, and keep us from all evil. Gracious God, this is your kingdom, and we acknowledge your power and glory, both now and forever more. Amen.
( "Daily Prayers for Moravians" )
Eternal depth of love divine,
in Jesus, God with us, displayed.
How bright your beaming glories shine!
How wide your healing streams are spread!
With whom do you delight to dwell?
Sinners, a vile and thankless race.
O God, what tongue aright can tell
how vast your love, how great your grace!
The dictates of your sovereign will
with joy our grateful hearts receive.
All your delight in us fulfil.
Lo! all we are to you we give.
To your sure love, your tender care,
our flesh, soul, spirit, we resign.
O fix your sacred presence there
and seal the abode for ever yours.
O King of glory, your rich grace
our feeble thought surpasses far.
Yea, even our crimes, though numberless,
less numerous than your mercies are.
Still, Lord, your saving health display
and arm our souls with heavenly zeal.
So fearless shall we urge our way
through all the powers of earth and hell.
( Nicolaus Zinzendorf;
translated into English by John Wesley )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Nicolaus Ludwig Von Zinzendorf:
builder of Christian Community at Herrnhut
At Saint Laika’s, today is the day we remember Count Nicolaus Ludwig Von Zinzendorf.
While many think the Reformation of the Church began with Martin Luther, there were two groups of protesting Christians who formed before Luther’s time. The Waldensians began in the twelfth century and were characterised by lay preaching and voluntary poverty. The Bohemian Brethren were followers of Jan Hus, who was martyred by being burned at the stake in Constance in 1414.
Zinzendorf lived in the first half of the eighteenth century. He started life as a Lutheran, but as he came to maturity, became more interested in reviving a practical Christianity that was lived out with fervour. He provided refuge to members of both the Waldensians and the Bohemian Brethren. They, along with others, began to build Christian community in a village he had established on his German estates. The village was named Herrnhut. Out of this community the present day Moravian Church came into being. By 1732, Zinzendorf was sending missionaries to live with and teach the slaves in the West Indies and the Inuit people of Greenland.
Zinzendorf himself travelled as a missionary to the Pennsylvania Colony where he met leaders like Benjamin Franklin. He established relationships with the Iroquois tribe, and ministered there for a number of years. He died, just short of his sixtieth birthday, on this day in 1760.
Scripture: In the second chapter of "The Second Letter to the Thessalonians," at verses thirteen and fourteen we read:
But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
... for peace in the world.
... for the members and the ministry of the Moravian Church.
... for all those who live out the Christian life every day in exemplary ways and for the strength and faith to do such ourselves.
... for those whose vocation is one of prayer.
... for the safety of migratory birds and for those who work and campaign to protect their species and habitat. DETAILS
... for the people of the United States of America as their nation continues to descend into a dictatorship.
... for women trafficked into sexual exploitation and sham marriages. 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.
From "The Third Pennsylvania Sermon" by Nicolaus Zinzendorf:
Those, however, who come to Jesus as poor sinners, who bring no righteousness, no words, no holiness, nothing but nakedness and poverty, they can receive the garment of honour. Such people are not turned away. They are not thrown out into the darkness but can walk in the light of life.
May the Saviour bring about such a mind in us so that we faithfully guard against all such pretensions of our own and allow ourselves to be saved from them. They have brought ruin to so many people in so many hundreds of years; they have completely destroyed people and blinded them throughout their lives. They set the Bishop of Laodicia in such a troubled state that the Lord said to him, "You say, 'I am rich and have enough to eat and need nothing,’ and do not know that you are a wretched, poor person" (Revelation 3:17).
The kind of people, however, who allow themselves to be called and then come with trembling and shaking and think, "What should I do there? This grace is too great for me!" These are the ones who accept it. They allow it to be given to them because Jesus came to bless us. They put on the clothing of righteousness, the merit of Jesus. These are the ones who rejoice over the great salvation. In that clothing they await the appearance of his joy. They will taste the wedding. They will not only celebrate the Lord's Supper with Jesus, and he with them, but they will also eat his flesh and drink his blood until they have something new again with Jesus in his Father's kingdom.
God of life made new in Christ, you call your Church to keep on rising from the dead: We remember before you the bold witness of your servant Nicolaus von Zinzendorf, through whom your Spirit moved to draw many in Europe and the American colonies to faith and conversion of life; and we pray that we, like him, may rejoice to sing your praise, live your love and rest secure in the safekeeping of the Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 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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