Apr 30, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

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April 30, 2022
Eastertide

Today’s Readings: 

Invitatory

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!

Opening 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,

    and the power, and the glory,

    for ever and ever. Amen.

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do his will, working in us that which is well-pleasing in his sight; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us, and remain with us always. Amen. [1]

Hymn

“Alleluia, Give Thanks To The Risen Lord”

Morning Prayer

O BE JOYFUL IN THE LORD, all ye lands; * serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song. Be ye sure that the Lord he is God; * it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise; * be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name. For the Lord is gracious; his mercy is everlasting; * and his truth endureth from generation to generation. [2]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!

Short Verse

Sing praises to God, sing praises;* sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is King of all the earth;* sing praises with all your skill. God reigns over the nations;* God sits upon his holy throne. 

Psalm 47:6–8

Morning Reading

Genesis 18:1-8, Abraham and Sarah’s hospitality to the Lord

1 The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.

3 He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord,[a] do not pass your servant by. 4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5 Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.”

“Very well,” they answered, “do as you say.”

6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. “Quick,” he said, “get three seahs[b] of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.”

7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 8 He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.

Morning Lesson

Entertaining angels

“The Holy Spirit says through the prophet Moses that God appeared to Abraham. This is another personal appearance of the Son of God to him. He saw three men standing before him, but he worshiped only one of them as Lord, for He is Lord and God. The other two are called “angels” (19:1). The Son of God is the Lord of all the angels.” [3]

“The hospitality of Abraham was a virtue that should be shared by his spiritual children.” [4]

“Abraham was eager to show hospitality to these three visitors, as was Lot (Gen 19:2). In Abraham’s day, a person’s reputation was largely connected to his hospitality—the sharing of home and food. Even strangers were to be treated as highly honored guests. Meeting another’s need for food or shelter was and still is one of the most immediate and practical ways to obey God. It is also a time-honored relationship builder. Hebrews 13:2 suggests that we, like Abraham, might actually entertain angels. This thought should be on our minds the next time we have the opportunity to meet a stranger’s needs.” [5]


Midday Prayer

Give peace for all time, O Lord, and fill my heart and the hearts of all people everywhere with the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. [6]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 

Alleluia!

Short Verse

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.

Midday Reading

The Seventh Station Of The Resurrection: The Upper Room 

(From St. Augustine’s Prayer Book [7])

Reading: John 20:19-23

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” 

Jesus stood among them and said, 

Peace be with you, alleluia. 

And the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord, alleluia. 

LET US PRAY. 

Grant us your peace, O Lord, and strengthen our faith in you, that we may live as witness to your gospel and rejoice in your presence among us. Amen. 

That night the Lord among them stood, 

Who bore our sins upon the Rood, 

“Peace be with you,” he spoke the word; 

And so their hearts with joy were stirred.


Eventide Prayer

For Protection.

Thou knowest the infirmity of my wretched flesh, O Thou that madest me: Thou knowest the watchfulness of my invisible enemies, O Thou that seest them. O protect me under the wings of Thy goodness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • William Laud, Abp of Canterbury and Martyr [8]

Short Verse

Jesus said: “In all truth I tell you, whoever welcomes the one I send, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me.” 

John 13:20

Eventide Reading

Luke 14:12-14, Welcome those in need to your table

12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Eventide Lesson

We cannot repay Him.

“This instruction is based on the manner in which God treats us, even though not one of us could possibly repay Him (see 6:30-36).” [9]

“How can we humble ourselves? Some people try to give the appearance of humility in order to manipulate others. Others think that humility means putting themselves down. Truly humble people compare themselves only with Christ, realize their sinfulness, and understand their limitations. On the other hand, they also recognize their gifts and strengths and are willing to use them as Christ directs. Humility is not self-degradation; it is realistic self-assessment and commitment to serve.” [10]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

A Collect for Saturdays

We give you thanks, O God, for revealing your Son Jesus Christ to us by the light of his resurrection: Grant that as we sing your glory at the close of this day, our joy may abound in the morning as we celebrate the Paschal mystery; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [11]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 


Citations:

[1] The Episcopal Church. (2018). Seasonal Blessings. In The Book of Occasional Services (PDF ed., p. 13). Then Episcopal Church. Retrieved November December 15, 2020, from https://episcopalchurch.org/files/lm_book_of_occasional_services_2018.pdf

[2] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 35). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[3] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Genesis. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 95). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Ibid. 3

[5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Genesis. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 5665). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[6] Forward Movement. (2013). Daily Prayers. In Prayers for All Occasions (Kindle ed., pp. 153). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[7] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 214-221). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement

[8] LAUD, W. (1855). Saturday: For Protection. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 71). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[9] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Luke. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1419). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[10] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Luke. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 7136). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[11] 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. 134). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

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