June 6, 2022 Devotional

June 6, 2022

Today’s Readings: 

Invitatory

The Spirit of the Lord filleth the world: * 

O come, let us worship Him. Alleluia!

Hymn

“Come Holy Ghost”

Morning Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

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 God, who on Pentecost taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [1]

Collect of the Week

Almighty God, on Pentecost you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 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!

Short Verse

O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,

Have mercy upon us.

Morning Reading

Psalm 48, The God of Zion

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised

    in the city of our God.

His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation,

    is the joy of all the earth,

Mount Zion, in the far north,

    the city of the great King.

Within its citadels God

    has shown himself a sure defense.

Then the kings assembled;

    they came on together.

As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;

    they were in panic; they took to flight;

trembling took hold of them there,

    pains as of a woman in labor,

as when an east wind shatters

    the ships of Tarshish.

As we have heard, so have we seen

    in the city of the Lord of hosts,

in the city of our God,

    which God establishes forever. Selah

We ponder your steadfast love, O God,

    in the midst of your temple.

10 

Your name, O God, like your praise,

    reaches to the ends of the earth.

Your right hand is filled with victory.

11 

    Let Mount Zion be glad;

let the towns[a] of Judah rejoice

    because of your judgments.

12 

Walk about Zion; go all around it;

    count its towers;

13 

consider well its ramparts;

    go through its citadels,

that you may tell the next generation

14 

    that this is God,

our God forever and ever.

    He will be our guide forever.

Let us pray. 

Father of lights, raise us with Christ to your eternal city, that, with kings and nations, we may wait in the midst of your temple and see your glory for ever and ever. Amen. [22]

Morning Lesson

Christ’s Church at worship

“The Lord of heaven and earth makes His abode with humankind, where He is a strong fortress that shatters every enemy. He is, therefore, worthy of all praise, and we rightly ‘tell the next generation’ (v 13 ) what He has done. What Mount Zion and temple worship were for ancient Israel, Christ’s Church at worship is for us— the place where God mercifully dwells to save by His Word. • May we consider well Your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of Your temple. Amen.” [3]

Midday Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

A Prayer For The Indwelling Of The Holy Spirit 

O Holy Spirit, powerful Consoler, sacred bond of the Father and the Son, hope of the afflicted, descend into my heart and establish therein Your loving dominion. Kindle the fire of Your love in my tepid soul, so that I may be wholly obedient to You. We believe that when You dwell in us, You also prepare a dwelling for the Father and the Son. Therefore deign to come to me, O Comforter of the forlorn and Advocate of the needy. Help the afflicted, strengthen the weak, and support the wavering. Come and purify me, and let no evil desire take possession of me. You love the humble and resist the proud. Come to me, O glory of the living and hope of the dying. Lead me by Your grace that I may always be pleasing to You. AMEN. [4]

COME, HOLY SPIRIT, Lord and giver of life; be my guide in perplexity, defend me from error and lead me to truth; grant that I may know and do what is right and be in me a fountain of living water springing up into life everlasting. Amen. [23]

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

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

  • Acts 2:3-4
Depiction of the Christian Holy Spirit as a dove, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, in the apse of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Midday Reading

Joel 2:18-29, God’s spirit poured out

18 

Then the Lord became jealous for his land

    and had pity on his people.

19 

In response to his people the Lord said:

“I am sending you

    grain, wine, and oil,

    and you will be satisfied;

and I will no more make you

    a mockery among the nations.

20 

I will remove the northern army far from you

    and drive it into a parched and desolate land,

its front into the eastern sea

    and its rear into the western sea;

its stench and foul smell will rise up.”

    Surely he has done great things!

21 

Do not fear, O soil;

    be glad and rejoice,

    for the Lord has done great things!

22 

Do not fear, you animals of the field,

    for the pastures of the wilderness are green;

the tree bears its fruit;

    the fig tree and vine give their full yield.

23 

O children of Zion, be glad,

    and rejoice in the Lord your God,

for he has given the early rain[a] for your vindication;

    he has poured down for you abundant rain,

    the early and the later rain, as before.

24 

The threshing floors shall be full of grain;

    the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.

25 

I will repay you for the years

    that the swarming locust has eaten,

the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,

    my great army that I sent against you.

26 

You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied

    and praise the name of the Lord your God,

    who has dealt wondrously with you.

And my people shall never again be put to shame.

27 

You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel

    and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other.

And my people shall never again be put to shame.

 

28 

[b]Then afterward

    I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;

your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

    your old men shall dream dreams,

    and your young men shall see visions.

29 

Even on the male and female slaves,

    in those days I will pour out my spirit.

Midday Lesson

The LORD Will Pour Out His Spirit

“Joel reached a turning point in his prophecy, moving from prophesying about an outpouring of God’s judgment to prophesying about an outpouring of God’s forgiveness and blessing. But this would come only if the people began to live as God wanted them to, giving up their sins. Where there is repentance, there is hope. This section of the book should feed that hope. Without it, Joel’s prophecy could bring only despair. This promise of forgiveness should have encouraged the people to repent.” [5]

“Joel foresaw the invasion from the north by the armies of Assyria and Babylon, typified by the locusts” (v. 20). [6] Armies from the North (Verse 20) “refers to the Assyrian or Babylonian forces, since the locust plagues generally came from the East or Southeast. Nevertheless, this enemy from the North [would] be driven by the Lord into dry land, referring to the deserts from which the locusts would come. The Eastern sea and the Western sea refer to the Dead Sea and Mediterranean Sea, respectively.” [7]

“Joel contrasts the fear of God’s judgment (2:1) with the joy of God’s intervention (2:21). On the day of the Lord, sin will bring judgment, and only God’s forgiveness will bring rejoicing. Unless you repent, your sin will result in punishment. Let God intervene in your life. Then you will be able to rejoice in that day because you will have nothing to fear. Before, there were fasting, plagues, and funeral dirges; then, there will be feasting, harvesting, and songs of praise. When God rules, his restoration will be complete. In the meantime, we must remember that God does not promise that all his followers will be prosperous now. When God pardons, he restores our relationship with him, but this does not guarantee individual wealth. Instead, God promises to meet the deepest needs of those who love him—by loving us, forgiving us, giving us purpose in life, and giving us a caring Christian community.” [8]

“The prophet calls on the land the beasts of the field and the children of Zion to rejoice [vv.22-23]. Just as the prophet distinguishes between 2 types of people earlier in the book  So he does here as well. The beasts refer to the more carnal Israelites while the children of Zion refers to the spiritual. The land refers to both of these groups.” [9]

Verse 22 says, in part, the tree bears its fruit. “In this verse Joel foreshadows the cross of Christ, the tree which bore the greatest fruit of all. The vine and the fig tree [v. 22] refer to the establishment of the Church (see Rom 11:17-24; Jn 15:1; Lk 13:6-9). Rain, wheat, wine and oil [vv. 23-24] refer to the food that is right for you [for your vindication, v. 23], namely the sacraments of Holy Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sealing of the Holy Spirit.” [10]

In verses 18-27, “God [spoke] of a time to come when he [would] come to the aid of his people and Israel [would] prosper once again.” [11]

In verses 21 and 22, God said, fear not. This “brings to mind the Annunciation, the announcement of the angel to Mary that she would conceive the Son of God made flesh, as well as the Magnificat, Mary’s joyful canticle as she greeted her cousin Elizabeth.” [12] “God revealed his name to Moses on Mount Sinai as ‘I am who I am,’ which denotes his infinite perfection, especially his existence from eternity…. This verse hints at the Incarnation, by which Christ became man and dwelt among us.” [13]

Eventide Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

O THOU who, on [Pentecost], didst send down thy most holy Spirit on thy disciples, take not, O Lord, that holy Spirit from us, (Ps. li. 11.) but daily renew it in us who call upon thee. Amen. [14]

  • Lancelot Andrewes [14]

MAY THE FATHER’S WILL be done in and through me; may I follow more nearly the call of Jesus my Lord, and may thou, O mighty Spirit of the Living God, be praised and glorified forever and ever. Amen. [24]

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

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

  • Acts 1:8

Eventide Reading

1 Corinthians 2:1-11, About the Spirit of God

1 When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the testimony[a] of God to you with superior speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4 My speech and my proclamation were made not with persuasive words of wisdom[b] but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

6 Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are being destroyed. 7 But we speak God’s wisdom, a hidden mystery, which God decreed before the ages for our glory 8 and which none of the rulers of this age understood, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,

    nor the human heart conceived,

what God has prepared for those who love him”—

10 God has revealed to us through the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For what human knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God.

Eventide Lesson

Wisdom from the Spirit

“Paul did not credit himself here with being an eloquent preacher. Rather, he vehemently testified that it was not his own rhetoric or his own interpretations that brought the Corinthians to believe in Christ but the power of the Holy Spirit working through him.” [15]

“A brilliant scholar, Paul could have overwhelmed his listeners with intellectual arguments. Instead, he shared the simple message of Jesus Christ by allowing the Holy Spirit to guide his words. In sharing the gospel with others, we should follow Paul’s example and keep our message simple and basic. The Holy Spirit will give power to our words and use them to bring glory to Jesus.” [16]

In verse 4, Paul mentioned fear and trembling. “Rather than fright, this is [describing] awe and wonder in the knowledge and power of God.” [17]

The secret and hidden wisdom Paul wrote about in verse 7 was God’s eternal plan for the transformation of creation and the salvation offered to all people through Jesus Christ. “Originally unknown to humanity, this plan became crystal clear when Jesus rose from the dead. His resurrection proved that he had power over sin and death and could offer us this power as well (see also 1 Peter 1:10-12 and the first note on Romans 16:25-27). God’s plan, however, is still hidden to unbelievers because they either refuse to accept it, choose to ignore it, or simply haven’t heard about it.” [18]

As Paul noted in verse 8, none of the rulers of this age understood this plan. “Jesus was misunderstood and rejected by those whom the world considered wise and great. He was put to death by the rulers in [Jerusalem]—the high priest, King Herod, Pilate, and the Pharisees and Sadducees. Jesus’ rejection by these rulers had been predicted in Isaiah 53:3 and Zechariah 12:10-11.” [19]

The depths of God (v. 10) “refers to God’s unfathomable nature and his wonderful plan—Jesus’ death and resurrection—and to the promise of salvation, revealed only to those who believe that what God says is true. Those who believe in Christ’s death and resurrection and put their faith in him will know all they need to know to be saved. This knowledge, however, can’t be grasped by even the wisest people unless they accept God’s message. All who reject God’s message are foolish, no matter how wise the world thinks they are.” [20]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

May the Lord Almighty grant me and those I love a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.†

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. 227). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[2] Ibid. 1

[3] A., E. E. (2016). Psalms. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 4032). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[4] Papavassiliou, V. (2014). Prayers of St. Augustine. In The ancient faith prayer book (Kindle ed., p. 116). Chesterton, IN: Ancient Faith Publishing.

[5] Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2013). Study Notes: Joel. In Life application study Bible: King James version (Kindle ed., p. 7992). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.

[6] Ibid. 5

[7] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Joel. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1044-1045). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[8] Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2013). Study Notes: Joel. In Life application study Bible: King James version (Kindle ed., p. 7992). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.

[9] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Joel. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1044-1045). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[10] Ibid. 9, P. 1045

[11] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). 1 John. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 3777). Downers Grove,, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

[12] Ibid. 11

[13] Ibid. 11

[14] Andrewes, Lancelot. The Private Devotions and Manual for the Sick of Lancelot Andrews (Kindle ed., p. 416). Kindle Edition. 

[15] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). 1 Corinthians. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 3471). Downers Grove,, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

[16] Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2013). Study Notes: 1 Corinthians. In Life application study Bible: King James version (Kindle ed., p. 8693). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.

[17] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). 1 Corinthians. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 3471). Downers Grove,, IL: Midwest Theological Forum,, Ignatius Press.

[18] Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2013). Study Notes: 1 Corinthians. In Life application study Bible: King James version (Kindle ed., p. 8693). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House.

[19] Ibid. 18

[21] Ibid. 18, P. 8693-8694

[22] Church House Publishing. (2005). Psalter. In Common worship: Daily prayer (pp. 844). 

[23] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotions. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 259). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[24] Ibid. 23, P. 261

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