May 14, 2022 Devotional Bible Study

May 14, 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.

In your unfailing love, O Lord, you lead the people whom you have redeemed. Alleluia.

Morning Prayers

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us…

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.

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

That we may accomplish the remainder of our lives in penitence and godly fear, in health of body and peace of mind, 

      Grant us, O Lord. [1]

HEAVENLY FATHER, IN YOU we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; 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!

Hymn

“The Lamb’s high banquet called to share”

(1982 Hymnal # 202)

Translated by John Mason Neale, 1818-186

Short Verse

Mercy and truth have met together;* righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 

Psalm 85:10

Morning Reading

Daniel 7:27, A dominion for the holy ones of the Most High

27 

The kingship and dominion

    and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven

    shall be given to the people of the holy ones of the Most High;

their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom,

    and all dominions shall serve and obey them.”

Morning Lesson

Mystery surrounds His promises

“Though we may understand the basics of what God is teaching us, still an element of mystery surrounds His promises and their future fulfillment. Powerful earthly kingdoms may sometimes persecute God’s people, but we know that God has given us the Kingdom in His dear Son (Lk 12:32). • O Ancient of Days, give me the confidence that You rule all things for my good. Amen.” [3]


Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

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.

Enrich Lord, heart, 

     Hands, mouth in me 

With faith, with hope 

     And charity 

That I may run, rise, 

     Rest in thee. 

— George Herbert [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

In God the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust and will not be afraid,* for what can mortals do to me? 

Psalm 56:10

Midday Reading

Revelation 11:16-19, God’s reign at the end of time

16 Then the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 singing,

“We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty,

    who are and who were,

for you have taken your great power

    and begun to reign.

18 

The nations raged,

    but your wrath has come,

    and the time for judging the dead,

for rewarding your servants,[a] the prophets

    and saints and all who fear your name,

    both small and great,

and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.

Midday Lesson

A message of consolation to the Church

“The twenty-four elders concelebrate the consummation of God’s Kingdom in the heavenly liturgy. This carries a message of consolation to the Church. Those who destroy the earth (v. 18) are the morally wicked, not merely the ecologically irresponsible- however, ecological irresponsibility is moral wickedness. Perhaps the pagan Roman Empire is in view.” [5]


Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Eventide Prayer

And at night, if thou wakest.

O Lord, Thou keeper of Israel, which in the watch over Thy servants dost neither slumber nor sleep, be my keeper, and preserve me this night. O keep my soul. Amen.

  • William Laud, Abp of Canterbury and Martyr [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

Anyone who listens to the Word and takes no action is like someone who looks at his own features in a mirror and, once he has seen what he looks like, goes off and immediately forgets it. But anyone who looks steadily at the perfect law of freedom and keeps to it—not listening and forgetting, but putting it to practice—will be blessed in every undertaking. 

James 1:23–25

Eventide Reading

Essay: On Creation

“‘We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and all things visible and invisible.’ These opening words of the Nicene Creed, the central doctrinal statement of Christianity, affirm that the One True God is the source of everything that exists – both physical and spiritual, both animate and inanimate.  The Holy Scriptures begin with a similarly striking assertion: ‘In the beginning God made heaven and earth.'” [7]

St. Basil the Great (330 – 379 AD) declared: “In the fear that human reasonings may make you wander from the truth, Moses has anticipated inquiry by engraving in our hearts, as a seal and a safeguard, the awesome name of God: ‘In the beginning God-created.’ It is He – beneficent Nature, Goodness without measure, a worthy object of love for all beings endowed with reason, the beauty the most to be desired, the origin of all that exists… it is He who ‘in the beginning created heaven and earth.'” [8]

“The ever-existent Almighty God was not forced to create the universe. Rather, in His goodness and lovingkindness, He freely chose to do so. And the fact that the Lord created the universe out of nothing stands in clear contrast to the creation myths of the surrounding cultures in the ancient world.” [9]

“The central role of Jesus Christ, the Word of the Father, in the creation of all things is plainly stated in the first chapter of the apostle John’s gospel, where it is written, ‘In the beginning was the Word,… All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.’ And the specific role of the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Undivided Trinity, in the creation of the world is seen in Genesis 1:2 (see also Ps 103:30; 32:6).” [10]

Like the Eastern Orthodox Church,, the Anglican Church “has not dogmatized any particular view “in regards to “questions about the scientific accuracy of the Genesis account of creation, and about various viewpoints concerning evolution.” [11]

What is “proclaimed is that the One Triune God created everything that exists, and that man was created in a unique way and is alone made in the image and likeness of God (Gn 1:26, 27).” [12]

“The development of life was not by accident. Rather, Supreme Intelligence and Impenetrable Wisdom were at work in the creation and sustenance of all that exists. In discussing various scientific theories of his day, St. Basil the Great declared, ‘If there is anything in this or any other system which seems probable to you, keep your admiration for the source of such perfect order – the wisdom of God.’ He also wrote, ‘We must still remain faithful to the principle of true religion and recognise that all that exists is sustained by the Creator’s power.’” [13]

“The repeated affirmation ‘and God saw that it was good’ in Genesis 1 underscores the intrinsic, fundamental goodness of matter…  This understanding is the basis for a Sacramento world-view – that the created order… can be a means for communion with God, by virtue of being created by the All-Good God. Moreover, the astounding beauty, intricate order, and sublime harmony of all aspects of Creation, as well as the tremendously vast expanse of the universe, are intended to draw mankind to an awareness of and appreciation for the Creator, and to the worship of Him – and Him alone (Ps 18:1-4; Rom 1:20).” [14]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

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. [15]


Citations:

[1] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Launcelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 217). Kindle Edition.

[2] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 37). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[3] A., E. E. (2016). Daniel. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 5814). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[4] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 52). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement

[5] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Revelation. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1760). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[6] LAUD, W. (1855). Saturday Compline: And at night, if thou wakest. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 72-73). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

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

[8] Ibid. 7

[9] Ibid. 7

[10] Ibid. 7

[11] Ibid. 7

[12] Ibid. 7

[13] Ibid. 7

[14] Ibid. 7

[15] 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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