Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

WEDNESDAY THE SECOND OF AUGUST, 2017

OPENING PRAYER

Bestow your light upon us, O Lord, so that, being rid of the darkness of our hearts, we may attain unto the true light. Amen.

( Sarum Breviary )

PSALM ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN ( abridged )

From the rising of the sun to its setting
let the name of the Lord be praised.

Alleluia.
Give praise, you servants of the Lord,
O praise the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the name of the Lord,
from this time forth and for evermore.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
let the name of the Lord be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations
and his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God,
that has his throne so high,
yet humbles himself to behold
the things of heaven and earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ashes,
to set them with princes,
with the princes of his people.

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.

From the rising of the sun to its setting
let the name of the Lord be praised.

From the rising of the sun to its setting
we praise your name, O Lord;
may your promise to raise the poor from the dust
and turn the fortunes of the needy upside down
be fulfilled in our time also,
as it was in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

William Wilberforce:
the conscience of a politician
(transferred from Sunday)

William Wilberforce was a member of the British Parliament, who persistently introduced legislation to abolish slavery in the British Empire.

Slavery was a complex issue, with racial and economic implications, through the late eighteenth, early nineteenth century. The holding of slaves led the United States into a bloody civil war in the 1860’s. But in Britain, similar conflict was avoided because of the careful and persistent work of William Wilberforce. He introduced his first anti-slavery motion in the House of Commons in 1788, and when it was defeated, he reintroduced the same legislation in 1789, and every year until 1806, when Parliament finally voted to abolish the slave trade. Having gained that important victory, Wilberforce pressed on with his campaign to free all slaves throughout the Empire. Parliament finally passed this measure just four days before Wilberforce died, the twenty-ninth of July, 1833. In 1834, over eight hundred thousand slaves were set free.

The backbone of Wilberforce’s strong passion for justice was his daily practice of prayer and spiritual reading. And he was profoundly influenced by William Laws book, “A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life.”

Quote. “If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.”

Scripture. In Paul’s brief letter to Philemon, he sends Onesimus, a runaway slave, back to Philemon, and comments:

“Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back for ever, no longer as a slave but as more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.”

INTERCESSIONS

We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... for those enslaved in our world today and for an end to all forms of slavery and forced labour.

... for the people of the Republic of Macedonia who celebrate their national day today.

... for those facing stressful situations at work.

... for those suffering from cancer and complications from cancer.

... for those suffering from chronic joint and muscular pain.

... for those who have died from a drug overdose, in particular those who died after misusing fentanyl or other opioid pain medications.

... for those killed or injured when a suicide bomber and a gunman attacked a mosque in the Afghan city of Herat. DETAILS

... for the malnourished children of Yemen, now at risk of dying from cholera. DETAILS

... for those whose lives have been damaged by problem gambling.

... 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 "A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity" by William Wilberforce:

That the sacred name of religion has been too often prostituted to the most detestable purposes; that furious bigots and bloody persecutors, and self-interested hypocrites of all qualities and dimensions, from the rapacious leader of an army, to the canting oracle of a congregation, have falsely called themselves Christians, are melancholy and humiliating truths, which (as none so deeply lament them) none will more readily admit, than they who best understand the nature, and are most concerned for the honour of Christianity. We are ready to acknowledge also without dispute, that the religious affections, and the doctrine of divine assistances, have almost at all times been more or less disgraced by the false pretences and extravagant conduct of wild fanatics and brain-sick enthusiasts. All this, however, is only as it happens in other instances, wherein the depravity of man perverts the bounty of God. Why is it here only to be made an argument, that there is danger of abuse? So is there also in the case of all the potent and operative principles, whether in the natural or moral world. Take for an instance the powers and properties of matter. These were doubtless designed by Providence for our comfort and well-being; yet they are often misapplied to trifling purposes, and still more frequently turned into so many agents of misery and death. On this fact indeed is founded the well-known maxim, not more trite than just, that “the best things when corrupted become the worst;” a maxim which is especially just in the instance of religion. For in this case it is not merely, as in some others, that a great power, when mischievously applied, must be hurtful in proportion to its strength; but that the very principle on which in general we depend for restraining and retarding the progress of evil, not only ceases to interpose any kindly check, but is actively operative in the opposite direction. But will you therefore discard religion altogether? The experiment was lately tried in a neighbouring country, and professedly on this very ground. The effects however with which it was attended, do not much encourage its repetition. But suppose religion were discarded, then liberty remains to plague the world; a power which though when well employed, the dispenser of light and happiness, has been often proved, and eminently in this very instance, to be capable when abused, of becoming infinitely mischievous. Well then, extinguish liberty. Then what more abused by false pretenders, than patriotism? Well, extinguish patriotism. But then the wicked career to which we have adverted, must have been checked but for courage. Blot out courage and so might you proceed to extinguish one by one, Reason, and speech, and memory, and all the discriminating prerogatives of man.

CLOSING PRAYER

Just and eternal God, we give you thanks for the stalwart faith and persistence of your servant William Wilberforce who held fast to a vision of justice in which no child of yours might suffer in enforced servitude and misery. Grant that we, drawn by that same gospel vision, may persevere in serving the common good and caring for those who have been cast down, that they may be raised up through Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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

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