September 13 Devotional (2021)

September 13, 2021
Ordinary Time

Today’s Readings: Psalm 119:169-176 / 1 Kings 13:1-10 / Romans 3:9-20

A prayer inspired by Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople and Teacher of the Faith, who we remember on September 13

God of truth and love,

who gave to your servant John Chrysostom

eloquence to declare your righteousness in the great congregation

and courage to bear reproach for the honor of your name:

mercifully grant to those who minister your word

such excellence in preaching,

that all people may share with them

in the glory that shall be revealed;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invocation

O Lord open thou my lips 

And my mouth shall declare thy praise. 

O God + come to my assistance; 

O Lord, make haste to help me. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost: As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Proper of the Week

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [1]

Hymn

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

Morning Prayer

From The Great Litany

O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,

Have mercy upon us.

O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

Have mercy upon us.

O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,

Have mercy upon us.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,

Have mercy upon us. [2]

Short Verse

Abba Alonis said, “If a man will only remember that which is written, ‘you will be justified by your words, and shalt be condemned by your words’ (St. Matthew xii, 37), he would know that it is right to hold his peace.”

Sayings of the Holy Desert Fathers
[3]

Morning Reading: Psalm 119:169-176

God’s law my delight

Let my cry come before you, O Lord;

give me understanding according to your word.

Let my supplication come before you;

deliver me according to your promise.

My lips will pour forth praise,

because you teach me your statutes.

My tongue will sing of your promise,

for all your commandments are right.

Let your hand be ready to help me,

for I have chosen your precepts.

I long for your salvation, O Lord,

and your law is my delight.

Let me live that I may praise you,

and let your ordinances help me.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out your servant,

for I do not forget your commandments.


Midday Prayer

From The Great Litany

From all evil and wickedness; from sin; from the crafts and assaults of the devil; and from everlasting damnation,

Good Lord, deliver us. [4]

Midday Intercession

[5]

Short Verse

“Pain is never permanent.”

Saint Teresa of Avila
[6]
Jean-Honoré Fragonard – Jeroboam Offering Sacrifice for the Idol – WGA08049 (cropped)

Midday Reading: 1 Kings 13:1-10

Obeying the word of God

1 And behold, a man of God came out of Judah by the word of the LORD to Bethel. Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make offerings. 2 And the man cried against the altar by the word of the LORD and said, “O altar, altar, thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name, and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who make offerings on you, and human bones shall be burned on you.’” 3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign that the LORD has spoken: ‘Behold, the altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.’” 4 And when the king heard the saying of the man of God, which he cried against the altar at Bethel, Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Seize him.” And his hand, which he stretched out against him, dried up, so that he could not draw it back to himself. 5 The altar also was torn down, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign that the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. 6 And the king said to the man of God, “Entreat now the favor of the LORD your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.” And the man of God entreated the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored to him and became as it was before. 7 And the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me, and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.” 8 And the man of God said to the king, “If you give me half your house, I will not go in with you. And I will not eat bread or drink water in this place, 9 for so was it commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘You shall neither eat bread nor drink water nor return by the way that you came.’” 10 So he went another way and did not return by the way that he came to Bethel.

Midday Lesson

A Man of God Confronts Jeroboam
  • Verse 1: man of God “This prophet is unknown to us. The phrase by the word of the LORD occurs seven times in this chapter (vv. 1, 2, 5, 9, 17, 18, 32) and emphasizes that the man of God was functioning at the command of God and in God’s power. 
  • Verse 1: Jeroboam . . . altar to burn incense “Having established his own deviant religion and his apostate priesthood, Jeroboam hardly had compunctions about serving priestly functions.” [7]
  • Verse 3:  “The word sign indicates something miraculous (Ex. 4:21; Jer. 33:20, 21). Miraculous signs may indicate either the intended purpose of the deed or its wondrous effects, both ideas often occurring together (see Deut. 6:22; Ps. 78:43).” [8]
  • Verses 4-5: “Unlike David, who confessed his sin when he was accused by Nathan the man of God (see 2 Sam. 12:13), the wicked Jeroboam sought to arrest his accuser. Instead he found his own arm ‘arrested’ and the altar destroyed.” [9]
  • Verse 6–10:  “In mercy, the prophet was used by God to heal the hand of the king, but he would have none of his hospitality or reward.” [10]
  • Verse 6: the LORD your God “This language may be simply deferential to the prophet, but here it may indicate a recognition by Jeroboam that he was no longer really serving the living God.” [11]
  • Verse 8: not go in “In biblical times, sharing a meal was more than just a social custom. It implied an intimate fellowship. Great religious ceremonies from the Passover to the Lord’s Table center on people eating together. The prophet did not want his act of mercy to suggest that God accepted Jeroboam’s deviant worship.” [12]

Eventide Prayer

From The Great Litany

From all blindness of heart; from pride, vainglory, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all want of charity,

Good Lord, deliver us. [13]

Short Verse

“Enrich your soul in the great goodness of God: The Father is your table, the Son is your food, and the Holy Spirit waits on you and then makes His dwelling in you.”

St. Catherine of Siena
[14]

Eventide Reading: Romans 3:9-20

The unrighteous tongue deceives

9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one;

11 no one understands;

no one seeks for God.

12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;

no one does good,

not even one.”

13 “Their throat is an open grave;

they use their tongues to deceive.”

“The venom of asps is under their lips.”

14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”

15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;

16 in their paths are ruin and misery,

17 and the way of peace they have not known.”

18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Eventide Lesson

No One Is Righteous

“It doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile—you are a sinner who deserves God’s full wrath.” [15] “Why do you think we try so hard to justify ourselves and shift blame to others when we are confronted with our sin? This is part of our sinful nature. We seek to be right, like God. The problem is, in this life, surrounded by sinners, it is easy to feel smug and self-confident. But one day we must face God’s judgment seat. Now is the day to face that judgment through God’s Law; there is time to find salvation in Jesus Christ. But if we refuse to look into the mirror of God’s Law today and delude ourselves into thinking we are good enough, it will be too late to find mercy and salvation the moment Jesus returns.” [16]

Compline Prayer

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit;

      For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.

Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye;

      Hide us under the shadow of your wings. Amen. [17]


Citations:

[1] Episcopal Church. (1979). Collects. In The Book of common prayer: And administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the psalter, or, Psalms of David (pp. 233). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[2] Episcopal Church. (1979). The Great Litany. In The Book of common prayer: And administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the psalter, or, Psalms of David (pp. 148). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[3] Of the Flight from Men, and the Silent Contemplation, and of Dwelling continually in the Cell, [a work] which was composed by Bishop Palladius for the Perfect Lausus (1907). In The Sayings of the Holy Fathers: Books I and II (Kindle ed., p. 17).  W. Budge (Ed.)

[4] Episcopal Church. (1979). The Great Litany. In The Book of common prayer: And administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the psalter, or, Psalms of David (pp. 148). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[5] Forward Movement. (2013). Intercessions. In Prayers for All Occasions (Kindle ed., pp. 646). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[6] Saint Teresa of Avila. (2017). 14 of the most powerful PEACE quotes from st Teresa OF AVILA. The Writings of Cora Evans. https://www.coraevans.com/blog/article/14-Of-The-Most-Powerful-Peace-Quotes-From-St-Teresa-Of-Avila

[7] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). 1 Kings. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 2189). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[8] Ibid. 7

[9] Ibid. 7

[10] Ibid. 7

[11] Ibid. 7

[12] Ibid. 7

[13] Episcopal Church. (1979). The Great Litany. In The Book of common prayer: And administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the psalter, or, Psalms of David (pp. 149). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[14] TOP 25 quotes BY St. Catherine Of SIENA (of 106): A-Z Quotes. A. (n.d.). https://www.azquotes.com/author/17881-St_Catherine_of_Siena

[15] Palmer, W. (2017). Romans 3. In Books of the Bible Study Questions: Romans (PDF ed., pp. 5). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House. Retrieved at: https://communication.cph.org/hubfs/581702_601%20Romans%20Bible%20Study%20Questions%20201708091628.pdf?__hstc=25153893.67a6ab24719ac4fc4b95b8d288ec6a5d.1626717651643.1627764744293.1628103149041.11&__hssc=25153893.1.1628186733466&__hsfp=1550108260&hsCtaTracking=a23c6169-a509-4e5b-8000-71a7b8c50406%7C8bc94f69-1f74-42cb-9c42-029bf5b13f92

[16] Ibid. 15

[17] Episcopal Church. (1979). Daily Office. In The Book of common prayer: And administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the psalter, or, Psalms of David (pp. 132). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

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