May 7, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

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May 7, 2022
Eastertide

Today’s Readings: 


Invocation

O Lord, open our lips 

      and our mouth shall proclaim your praise. 

In your resurrection, O Christ, 

      let heaven and earth rejoice. 

      Alleluia.

Morning Prayers

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray…

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.

May the risen Christ grant us the joys of eternal life. Amen. [1]

A Collect for Saturdays 

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [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!

Come let us praise the Lord with song!

Hymn

“He’s got the whole world in His hands”

Short Verse

The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Amen. 

Traditional

Morning Reading

Ezekiel 28:25-26, God gathers the people into safety

25 Thus says the Lord God: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest my holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall settle on their own soil that I gave to my servant Jacob. 26 They shall live in safety in it, and shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall live in safety, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God.

Morning Lesson

God’s recurring mercy

“God plans to lead Israel back into the land promised to their ancestors. In this instance, God directs Israel back to His covenant with their namesake Jacob— “Israel” (Gn 28:13–15; 32:28). God’s mercy provides a recurring theme throughout the Bible. His promises point to the cross, where He willingly sacrificed His Son— the ultimate judgment against sin and the fullness of our redemption.• Lord, You are faithful; through Baptism , You have called us out of sin into eternal life. Strengthen us through Holy Communion and protect us with Your Spirit. Amen.” [3]


Midday Prayers

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

    maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;

    who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

    born of the Virgin Mary,

    suffered under Pontius Pilate,

    was crucified, dead, and buried.

    He descended into hell.

    The third day he rose again from the dead.

    He ascended into heaven,

    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.

    From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,

    the holy catholic Church,

    the communion of saints,

    the forgiveness of sins,

    the resurrection of the body,

    and the life everlasting. Amen.

Intercession: For the Poor and the Neglected

Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [4]

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

Tell it out among the nations: “The LORD is King!* 

Psalm 96:10

Midday Meditation

The Eleventh Station Of The Resurrection: Jesus Commissions The Disciples 

(From St. Augustine’s Prayer Book [5])

Reading: Matthew 28:16-20 

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 

Their sound has gone out, alleluia. 

Into all the world, alleluia. 

LET US PRAY. 

Lord Christ, as you have sent out your church to teach and to baptize, give us zeal in witness, compassion in service, and through your abiding presence, enable us to serve the world in your Name and to proclaim your love to all. Amen. 

And now th’ eleven stand once more, 

Upon the mountain of the Lord. 

He sends them forth to bear the Word, 

That through the world his grace be poured.


Eventide Prayer

Thanksgiving.

The day being now passed over, O Lord, I give thanks unto Thee, I glorify Thee that I have passed it away without scandal; I magnify Thee with a song, because I have passed it without falling into any snare, though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • William Laud, Abp of Canterbury [6]

Short Verse

How priceless is your love, O God!* your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings. They feast upon the abundance of your house;* you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the well of life,* and in your light we see light. 

Psalm 36:7–9

Eventide Reading

Luke 12:29-32, Do not fear, little flock

29 And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30 For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, strive for his[a] kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Eventide Lesson

Great in the eyes of God

“Do not fear is a recurring theme in this discourse. Little flock refers to all believers. They are little in two ways: (1) they are insignificant in the eyes of the world, and (2) they are small in number when compared to the earthly and heavenly creation.” [7]

“The flock is little in the eyes of the world, but great in the eyes of God. It is little—because he calls glorious those whom he has trained to the innocence of sheep and to Christian meekness. The flock is little, not as the remnant of a big one, but as one which has grown from small beginnings. This little flock denotes the infancy of [Christ’s] newborn church, and immediately he promises that through the blessings of heaven this church will soon have the dignity of his kingdom” (Peter Chrysologus, Sermon 22). [8]

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. [9]

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!


Citations:

[1] Church House Publishing. (2005). Morning Prayer: Easter Season. In Common worship: Daily prayer (pp. 329). 

[2] 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. 99). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[3] A., E. E. (2016). Ezekiel. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 5585). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[4] Episcopal Church. (1979). Prayers and Thanksgivings. 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. 826). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[5] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 225). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[6] LAUD, W. (1855). Saturday Compline: Thanksgiving. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 72). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[7] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Luke. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1418). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Peter Chrysologus. (2019). Luke. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 3723). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[9] 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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