TUESDAY THE TWENTIETH OF JUNE, 2017
Lord God Almighty, who are our true peace, and love eternal; enlighten our souls with the brightness of your peace, and purify our consciences with the sweetness of your love, that we may with peaceful hearts wait for the author of peace, and in the adversities of this world may ever have you for our guardian and protector; and so being fenced about by your care, may heartily give ourselves to the love of your peace. Amen.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord and bless his name;
tell out his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations
and his wonders among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;
he is more to be feared than all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are but idols;
it is the Lord who made the heavens.
Honour and majesty are before him;
power and splendour are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples;
ascribe to the Lord honour and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name;
bring offerings and come into his courts.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;
let the whole earth tremble before him.
Tell it out among the nations that the Lord is king.
He has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.
Let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad;
let the sea thunder and all that is in it;
let the fields be joyful and all that is in them;
let all the trees of the wood shout for joy before the Lord.
For he comes, he comes to judge the earth;
with righteousness he will judge the world
and the peoples with his truth.
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.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Lord God, you draw us by your beauty
and transform us by your holiness;
let our worship echo all creation's praise
and declare your glory to the nations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Bernard Mizeki, catechist and martyr
( transferred from Sunday )
On the eighteenth of June, every year, churches in central and south Africa remember Bernard Mizeki, a lay catechist, who was murdered during an uprising of native peoples against the Europeans in what was then called Rhodesia in 1896.
Mizeki was born about the year 1861 in what was then Portuguese East Africa (Mozambique). Whilst a teen, he migrated to Capetown, South Africa, where he was befriended by Anglican missionaries. He was baptised in 1886.
He held the position of lay catechist at the pioneer mission in Mashonaland. European colonialism in African lands is a complex story , and the historical reflection we are able to use today helps us see the wrongheadedness of it, as the old hymn has it: “New occasions teach new duties; Time makes ancient good uncouth.” Yet the Gospel of Jesus was spread in these lands, and people like Bernard Mizeki loved the Lord Jesus Christ and were determined to speak the good news with African voices.
When the uprising began in 1896, Mizeki had the opportunity to flee to safety, but he refused to abandon the newly catechised people at the mission. He was stabbed to death, his body was never found. Today a shrine built near the old mission school, attracts many pilgrims.
Scripture. In "Matthew," chapter five, verses eleven and twelve we read:
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.”
... for peace in the world.
... for those who are new to the Christian faith.
... for those who face religious persecution for their beliefs.
... for missionaries, evangelists, and catechists who spread the Gospel far and wide.
... for refugees ( today is World Refugee Day ). DETAILS
... for those killed when Islamist gunmen stormed a tourist resort in Mali on Sunday. DETAILS
... for the two journalists who were killed and the two who were injured by a mine explosion in the Iraqi city of Mosul. DETAILS For the two Dutch journalists who have been abducted in Colombia in an area near the Venezuelan border. DETAILS We pray for the safety of all journalists working in war zones and areas of civil unrest.
... 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.
"The Hungry Birds" by Sundar Singh:
Once as I wandered in the mountains, I came upon an outcropping of rocks, and as I sat on the highest rock to rest and look out over the valley, I saw a nest in the branches of a tree. The young birds in the nest were crying noisily. Then I saw how the mother bird returned with food for her young ones. When they heard the sound of her wings and felt her presence nearby, they cried all the more loudly and opened their beaks wide. But after the mother bird fed them and ew away again, they were quiet. Climbing down to look more closely, I saw that the newly hatched birds had not yet opened their eyes. Without even being able to see their mother, they opened their beaks and begged for nourishment whenever she approached.
If they had reasoned thus, they would never have discovered the truth. Before they were even strong enough to open their eyes, they would have starved to death. But they held no such doubts about the presence and love of their mother, and so after a few days, they opened their eyes and rejoiced to see her with them. Day by day they grew stronger and developed into the form and likeness of the mother, and soon they were able to soar up into the freedom of the skies.
We humans often think of ourselves as the greatest living beings, but do we not have something to learn from these common birds? We often question the reality and the loving nature of God.
But the Master has said: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
Whenever we open our hearts to God, we receive spiritual nourishment and grow more and more into the likeness of God until we reach spiritual maturity. And once we open our spiritual eyes and see God’s presence, we find indescribable and unending bliss.
Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the ﬂame of your love in the heart of your holy martyr Bernard Mizeki: grant to us, your humble servants, a like faith and power of love, that we who rejoice in his triumph may proﬁt by his example; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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