June 2, 2022 Devotional

June 2, 2022
Eastertide

Today’s Readings: 

  • Morningtide:
    • Psalm 104:24-35b, Renewing the face of the earth
  • Noontide:
    • Isaiah 32:11-17, The spirit is poured out to renew the earth
      • Lesson: True Peace
  • Eventide:
    • Galatians 5:16-25, The fruit of the Spirit
      • Lesson: Christian Freedom

Evocation

Death is swallowed up in victory. 

      Where, O death, is your sting? 

Christ is risen from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 

      Death is swallowed up in victory. 

The trumpet will sound and the dead shall be raised. 

      Where, O death, is your sting? 

We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed. 

      Death is swallowed up in victory. 

      Where, O death, is your sting? 

  • from 1 Corinthians 15 [1]

Hymn

“Holy Spirit, Light Divine”

Morning Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, as our Savior 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.

O Lord, have mercy upon me; I have waited for Thee: be Thou my arm in the morning, and my help in the time of trouble; that I may exalt Thy Name, which dwellest on high, that I may live in the stability of Thy times, and that Thy fear may be my treasure, even for Jesus Christ His sake. Amen. [2]

A Collect for Guidance

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. [3]

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

Come now and look upon the works of the LORD,* what awesome things he has done on earth. 

Psalm 46:9

Morning Reading

Psalm 104:24-35b, Renewing the face of the earth

O Lord, how manifold are your works!

In wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

Yonder is the sea, great and wide,

creeping things innumerable are there,

living things both small and great.

There go the ships,

and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

These all look to you

to give them their food in due season;

when you give to them, they gather it up;

when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

When you hide your face, they are dismayed;

when you take away their breath, they die

and return to their dust.

When you send forth your spirit, they are created;

and you renew the face of the ground.

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

may the Lord rejoice in his works—

who looks on the earth and it trembles,

who touches the mountains and they smoke.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

May my meditation be pleasing to him,

for I rejoice in the Lord.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Praise the Lord!


Midday Prayer

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

For the Sick

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve thy sick servants, and give thy power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those (or N., or NN.) for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in thy loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 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

You are the LORD, most high over all the earth;* you are exalted far above all gods. 

Psalm 97:9

Midday Reading

Isaiah 32:11-17, The spirit is poured out to renew the earth

11 

Tremble, you complacent women;

    shudder, you daughters who feel secure!

Strip off your fine clothes

    and wrap yourselves in rags.

12 

Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,

    for the fruitful vines

13 

and for the land of my people,

    a land overgrown with thorns and briers—

yes, mourn for all houses of merriment

    and for this city of revelry.

14 

The fortress will be abandoned,

    the noisy city deserted;

citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland forever,

    the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks,

15 

till the Spirit is poured on us from on high,

    and the desert becomes a fertile field,

    and the fertile field seems like a forest.

16 

The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert,

    his righteousness live in the fertile field.

17 

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;

    its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

Midday Lesson

True Peace

“True peace is the work of justice and a result of authentic love. Injustice in the form of violations of human rights and dignity severely threatens peace. Respect for human life and opportunities for the proper development of persons, families, and societies are the best guarantors against strife and unrest.” [5]


Eventide Prayer

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear our prayer. 

Lord, hear us. 

      Lord, graciously hear us.

Grant, O Lord, to me that am lying down to sleep, rest both of body and soul. Preserve me from the dismal sleep of sin, from all the black defiling pleasures of the night. Quench the fiery darts of the evil one which he aims craftily against me. Subdue the rebellions of my flesh, and lay asleep in me all earthly and worldly thoughts, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • William Laud, Abp of Canterbury [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

I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praise to you among the nations. For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens,* and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. 

Psalm 57:9–10

Eventide Reading

Galatians 5:16-25, The fruit of the Spirit

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[a] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Eventide Lesson

Christian Freedom

“Christian freedom means walking, conducting oneself, by the Holy Spirit’s power and leading. Our sinful flesh, consumed by self-importance, instinctively looks down on others and inevitably causes interpersonal tensions. At Baptism, we were united with Christ, who died to set us free from sin and the way of the Law. • O Holy Spirit, give us daily victories over sin in our personal life and, above all, the power to love one another. Amen.” [7]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

O heavenly Father, you give your children sleep for the refreshing of soul and body: Grant me this gift, I pray; keep me in that perfect peace which you have promised to those whose minds are fixed on you; and give me such a sense of your presence, that in the hours of silence I may enjoy the blessed assurance of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [8]


Citations:

[1] Church House Publishing. (2005). Morning Prayer in Easter. In Common worship: Daily prayer (pp. 326). 

[2] LAUD, W. (1855). Thursday. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 32). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker.

[3] 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. 100). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[4] 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. 208). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[5] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Isaiah. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 1957). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[6] LAUD, W. (1855). Thursday Compline: For Sleep. In The Private Devotions of Dr. William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr (Ebook ed., p. 53). London and Oxford: John Henry & Jas. Parker

[7] A., E. E. (2016). Galatians. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 8048-8049). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[8] Episcopal Church. (1979). Ministration to the Sick. 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. 461). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

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