June 10, 2022 Devotional

June 10, 2022

Invitatory

The Spirit of the Lord filleth the world: * 

O come, let us worship Him. Alleluia!

Hymn

“Come, thou almighty King”

(1982 Hymnal # 365)

Lyrics [1]:
1 Come, thou almighty King,

help us thy Name to sing,

help us to praise.

Father whose love unknown

all things created own,

build in our hearts thy throne,

Ancient of Days.

2 Come, thou incarnate Word,

by heaven and earth adored;

our prayer attend:

come, and thy people bless;

come, give thy word success;

stablish thy righteousness,

Savior and friend.

3 Come, holy Comforter,

thy sacred witness bear

in this glad hour:

thou who almighty art,

now rule in every heart,

and ne’er from us depart,

Spirit of power.

4 To Thee, great One in Three,

the highest praises be,

hence evermore;

thy sovereign majesty

may we in glory see,

and to eternity

love and adore.

Morning Prayers

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.

Almighty and most merciful God, grant that by the indwelling of your Holy Spirit we may be enlightened and strengthened for your service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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 ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

Short Verse

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.

  • John 14:16

Morning Reading

Psalm 8, Your majesty is praised above the heavens

O Lord, our Sovereign,

    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

    Out of the mouths of babes and infants

you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,

    to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

    the moon and the stars that you have established;

what are humans that you are mindful of them,

    mortals[a] that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God[b]

    and crowned them with glory and honor.

You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;

    you have put all things under their feet,

all sheep and oxen,

    and also the beasts of the field,

the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,

    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,

    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Let us pray. 

We bless you, master of the heavens, for the wonderful order which enfolds this world; grant that your whole creation may find fulfilment in the Son of Man, Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

Morning Lesson

When we look at creation

“Portions of this psalm are quoted in the New Testament and applied to Christ (1 Cor 15:27; Heb 2:6-8). God became human in the person of Jesus, and he will raise all who belong to him when he comes to reign over the new heaven and new earth. Jesus is the only person who perfectly reflects God’s image (Gal 2:20; Col 1:15).” [4]

“Children (v. 2) are able to trust and praise God without doubts or reservations. As we get older, many of us find this more and more difficult to do. Ask God to give you childlike faith, removing any barriers to having a closer walk with him.” [5]

“To respect God’s majesty, we must compare ourselves to his greatness. When we look at creation (vv. 3-4), we often feel small by comparison. This is a healthy way to get back to reality, but God does not want us to dwell on our smallness. Humility means proper respect for God, not self-depreciation.” [6]

“When we look at the vast expanse of creation, we wonder how God could be concerned for people who constantly disappoint him. Yet God created us only a little lower (v. 5) than himself! The next time you question your worth as a person, remember that God considers you highly valuable. We have great worth because we bear the stamp of the Creator. (See Gen 1:26-27 for the extent of worth God places on all people.) Because God has already declared how valuable we are to him, we can be set free from feelings of worthlessness.” [7]

“God gave human beings tremendous authority—to be in charge of the whole earth (v. 6). But with great authority comes great responsibility. How do you treat God’s creation? Use your resources wisely because God holds you accountable as his steward.” [8]

Midday Prayers

COME, O SPIRT OF FORTITUDE, give me courage and determination, that in all distress and uncertainty, I may with a calm and confident spirit remain strong in faith, patient in hope, and constant in love. Amen. [9]

Lord, open your heavens, open our eyes. From there your gifts descend to us, from here may our hearts look back to you. May your throne be open to us as we receive the benefits we ask. May our minds be open to you while we serve as you have commanded us. Look down from heaven, O Lord. Visit and tend this vine you have planted. Strengthen the weak, relieve the contrite, confirm the strong. Build them up in love, cleanse them with purity, enlighten them with wisdom, keep them with mercy. Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd, you laid down your life for the sheep. Defend those you purchased with your blood. Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, seek the lost, call back the wandering, heal what is broken. Stretch forth your hand from heaven and touch the head of each one. May they feel the touch of your hand and receive the joy of the Holy Spirit, that they may remain blessed forevermore. 

  • Benedictionale of St. Ethelwold c. 908-984 [10]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

Short Verse

Therefore go 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 I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

  • Matthew 28:19-20

Midday Reading

Proverbs 3:19-26, By wisdom God creates and preserves

19 The LORD by His wisdom has founded the earth;

By His understanding He has established the heavens.

20 By His knowledge the deeps were broken up

And the clouds drip with dew.

21 My son, let them not escape from your sight,

But keep sound wisdom and discretion,

22 And they will be life to your soul (your inner self)

And a gracious adornment to your neck (your outer self).

23 Then you will walk on your way [of life] securely

And your foot will not stumble.

24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;

When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

25 Do not be afraid of sudden fear

Nor of the storm of the wicked when it comes [since you will be blameless];

26 For the LORD will be your confidence, firm and strong,

And will keep your foot from being caught [in a trap].

Midday Lesson

True God from true God…

“One central theme in Proverbs is the association of wisdom with creation. Chapter 8 is devoted to this theme.” [11] “By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations. It is not unprecedented that creation is said to be the product of a deity’s wisdom. In the ‘Memphite Theology,’ the Egyptian god Ptah is said to produce the world through his heart and tongue, standing for his wisdom and his speech.” [12] However, unlike the false gods, our Lord is true God (Nicene Creed); He brings forth life and He sustains it. “According to the sages, the creative act, in order to fully demonstrate God’s presence and concern, is followed by an ongoing and sustaining of the structures of the heavens and the earth.” [13] “God the Father created all things through the Son. But he founded the earth by wisdom figuratively when he established his holy church in firmness of faith through the Son” (Saint Bede, Commentary on Proverbs 1.3.19). [14] As we confess in the Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God,

    the Father, the Almighty,

    maker of heaven and earth,

    of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

    the only Son of God,

    eternally begotten of the Father,

    God from God, Light from Light,

    true God from true God,

    begotten, not made,

    of one Being with the Father.

    Through him all things were made.

    For us and for our salvation

        he came down from heaven:

    by the power of the Holy Spirit

        he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

        and was made man.

    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

        he suffered death and was buried.

        On the third day he rose again

            in accordance with the Scriptures;

        he ascended into heaven

            and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

        and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

    who proceeds from the Father.

    With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

    He has spoken through the Prophets.

    We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

    We look for the resurrection of the dead,

        and the life of the world to come. Amen.

[Nicene Creed, AD 381]

Verse 21 encourages us “to keep faith with wisdom. The intent is much like that of the Shema (see Deut. 6:4–9). It also resembles the basic ideas of Ps. 91 (compare v. 26 with Ps. 91:10–13).” [15] 

“If you believe that God makes provision for you, why be anxious and concerned about temporal affairs and the needs of your flesh? But if you do not believe that God makes provision for you, and for this reason you take pains to provide for your need separately from Him, then you are the most wretched of all men. Why even be alive or go on living in such a case? ‘Cast [your] care upon the Lord, and He will nourish [you]’ [see Ps 55:22], and you shall never be dismayed at any terror that overtakes you.

“A man who has dedicated himself once and for all to God goes through life with a restful mind. Without non-possessiveness the soul cannot be freed from the turmoil of thoughts; and without stillness of the senses she will not perceive peace of mind. Without entering into temptations, no man will ever gain the wisdom of the Spirit; and without assiduous reading, he will know no refinement of thoughts. Without tranquility of thoughts the intellect will not be moved in hidden mysteries; and without the confidence that comes through faith, the soul cannot dare to withstand temptations with boldness. Moreover, without actual experience of God’s protection, the heart cannot hope in Him; and if the soul does not taste Christ’s sufferings consciously, she will never have communion with Him” (Isaac of Nineveh, Ascetical Homilies 5). [16]

Eventide Prayers

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

O DIVINE LOVE… Let the fiery darts of thy love reach the sanctuary of my soul and, entering therein, set it on fire with so bright a flame that all my weakness, neglect, and languor may be consumed in the passion of thy gentle embrace. Amen. [17]

Invocation of the Holy Spirit 

Most powerful Holy Spirit,

    come down

        upon us and subdue us. From heaven,

    where the ordinary

        is made glorious,

    and glory seems but ordinary, bathe us

    with the brilliance

    of Your light like dew. Amen. 

[18]

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

Short Verse

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

  • Acts 2:38

Eventide Reading

Ephesians 4:1-6, Life in the Trinity

1 I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace: 4 there is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.[a]

Eventide Lesson

We believe in one God…

“All the faithful are united in the Mystical Body of Christ as adopted children of the Father. The ‘sign of peace’ (v. 3) extended among members of the faithful in the liturgy is a sign of this communion.” [19] “The Unity of the Church is expressed in the Nicene Creed”: We believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. [20] The Creed begins with the words, We believe in one God (v. 6). “This affirmation… and all the other articles of the Faith proceed from this belief.” [20]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


Citations:

[1] The hymnal 1982: According to the use of the Episcopal CHURCH 365. COME, thou almighty king. (n.d.). Retrieved April 12, 2021, from https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/365

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

[3] Church House Publishing. (2005). Psalter. In Common worship: Daily prayer (pp. 774). 

[4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Psalms. In Chronological life application study Bible (p. 6138). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[5] Ibid. 4

[6] Ibid. 4

[7] Ibid. 4, P. 6139

[8] Ibid. 4, P. 6139

[9] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotions. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 260). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[10] Stratman, P. (2001). All Saints. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 84). Crossway.

[11] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). Proverbs. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 3819). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[12] Keener, C. S., Walton, J. H., & Matthews, V. A. (2016). Proverbs. In NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Kindle, pp. 5430). essay, Zondervan.

[13] Ibid. 12, P. 5431

[14] Bede. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 2517). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[15] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (2018). Proverbs. In Holy Bible Nkjv Study Bible, Personal Size: Full-color Edition (Kindle, Third, p. 3819). essay, Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

[16] Isaac of Nineveh. (2019). Psalms. In Ancient faith study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 2517). Nashville: Holman Bible.

[17] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Topical Devotions. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 251). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[18] The Northumbria Community. (2015). Invocation of the Holy Spirit. In Celtic Daily Prayer (Kindle ed., p. 38). London: HarperCollins.

[19] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Ephesians. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 3227). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[20] Ibid. 19

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