June 20, 2022 Devotional

June 20, 2022
Ordinary Time

Invitatory

The earth is the Lord’s for he made it: 

Come let us adore him.

Hymn

“I Shall Not be Moved”

Morning Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [1]

May the everlasting God bless us this day. May he save and defend us from all that is evil, and make us partakers of his heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • The New Mozarabic Collects, #112 [2]
Proper of the Week

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

Morning Reading

Psalm 64, Prayer for protection

 

Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;

    preserve my life from the dread enemy.

Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,

    from the scheming of evildoers,

who whet their tongues like swords,

    who aim bitter words like arrows,

shooting from ambush at the blameless;

    they shoot suddenly and without fear.

They hold fast to their evil purpose;

    they talk of laying snares secretly,

thinking, “Who can see us?[a]

    Who can search out our crimes?[b]

We have thought out a cunningly conceived plot.”

    For the human heart and mind are deep.

But God will shoot his arrow at them;

    they will be wounded suddenly.

Because of their tongue he will bring them to ruin;[c]

    all who see them will shake with horror.

Then everyone will fear;

    they will tell what God has brought about

    and ponder what he has done.

10 

Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord

    and take refuge in him.

Let all the upright in heart glory.

Let us pray.

Cut through the malice of our hearts, redeeming God, with the Spirit’s sword, wound the pride of our rebellion with the grace that makes righteous and bring near the day of Christ, when love shall reign in joy; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen. [3]

Morning Lesson

Their own evil designs will destroy them.

“The author of this psalm portrays his enemies as evil and treacherous. These evildoers are also described as fools since they plan to do evil with impunity and, therefore, are oblivious to divine justice and retribution. Their own evil designs will destroy them.” [4] God will shoot his arrow at them (v. 7). “As the evildoers ‘aim bitter words like arrows’ in ambush of the innocent, God’s punishment will correspond to the crime since each person is rewarded or punished according to his or her works.” [5] 

Midday Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

Heavenly Father, send your Holy Spirit into our hearts, to direct and rule us according to your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [6]

For Holy Fear 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; Above all keep your servant from presumptuous sins. 

LORD, LET ME NEVER presume on your mercy, forget my mortal limitations, or take your goodness for granted. Before the great and unfathomable wonder that is creation, let me stand in silence and awe of its creator, and as I rejoice in your love, let me bear in mind your healing, yet piercing, judgment. Amen. [7]

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

Open my lips, O Lord,* and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice,* but you take no delight in burnt offerings. The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;* and a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 

  • Psalm 51:16-18

Midday Reading

Job 18:1-21, God will destroy the wicked

18 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:

“How long will you hunt for words?

    Consider, and then we shall speak.

Why are we counted as cattle?

    Why are we stupid in your sight?

You who tear yourself in your anger—

    shall the earth be forsaken because of you

    or the rock be removed out of its place?

“Surely the light of the wicked is put out,

    and the flame of their fire does not shine.

The light is dark in their tent,

    and the lamp above them is put out.

Their strong steps are shortened,

    and their own schemes throw them down.

For they are thrust into a net by their own feet,

    and they walk into a pitfall.

A trap seizes them by the heel;

    a snare lays hold of them.

10 

A rope is hid for them in the ground,

    a trap for them in the path.

11 

Terrors frighten them on every side

    and chase them at their heels.

12 

Their strength is consumed by hunger,[a]

    and calamity is ready for their stumbling.

13 

By disease their skin is consumed;[b]

    the firstborn of Death consumes their limbs.

14 

They are torn from the tent in which they trusted

    and are brought to the king of terrors.

15 

In their tents nothing remains;

    sulfur is scattered upon their habitations.

16 

Their roots dry up beneath,

    and their branches wither above.

17 

Their memory perishes from the earth,

    and they have no name in the street.

18 

They are thrust from light into darkness

    and driven out of the world.

19 

They have no offspring or descendant among their people

    and no survivor where they used to live.

20 

They of the west are appalled at their fate,

    and horror seizes those of the east.

21 

Surely such are the dwellings of the ungodly;

    such is the place of those who do not know God.”

Midday Lesson

Bildad’s Legalism

“Bildad seemed exasperated that Job would not listen to the wisdom of his friends. He described in poetic form how evildoers lose everything from health and material goods to family and reputation.” [8] “Job 18:1ff Bildad thought he knew how the universe should be run, and he saw Job as an illustration of the consequences of sin. Bildad rejected Job’s side of the story because it did not fit in with his outlook on life. It is easy to condemn Bildad because his errors are obvious; unfortunately, we often act the same way when our ideas are threatened.” [9]

“The ‘king of terrors’ (v. 14) is a figure of speech referring to death. Bildad viewed death as a great devourer (Job 18:13), but the Bible teaches that God has the power to devour even death (Ps 49:15; Isa 25:8; 1 Cor 15:54-56).” [10]

This “chapter seems to emphasize the moral disobedience of the wicked rather than their ignorance of doctrine. Bildad implies that Job needs to consider the moral ramifications of his refusal to repent of the sin that has caused his misery.” [11] “Bildad maintains his stance that if Job is to be justified, he has to change, get his  act together, and live rightly.” [12] However, this “viewpoint always lead[s] to false security or despair.” [13] Why? “Because we are sinners who deserve death and damnation. If we try to comfort a friend by turning him to his own resources, we are not being a friend. Our only hope lies outside ourselves—in the life, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Savior. By the  power of the Holy Spirit, we repent of our sins and trust in Christ’s salvation.” [14]

“Bildad implies that unless Job repents, he will suffer the ravages of death. (Yet Bildad’s idea of justification is legalistic; Job must get his act together.) Certainly “the king of terrors” (v 14 ) threatens us, because “death spread to all men because all sinned” ( Rm 5: 12 ) and “the wages of sin is death” ( Rm 6: 23 ). However, we remember the joyous message of Scripture that in Christ we have “passed from death to life” ( Jn 5: 24 ). • O Christ, by Your death You opened to me the dwellings of the righteous. Lead me, I pray, by strong steps in the path of life. Amen.” [15]

Eventide Prayers

Lord, in your mercy 

      hear my prayer. 

Lord, hear me. 

      Lord, graciously hear me.

Lord God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ triumphed over the powers of death and prepared for us our place in the new Jerusalem: Grant that we, who have this day given thanks for his resurrection, may praise you in that City of which he is the light, and where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. [16]

Almighty God, you have revealed to your Church your eternal Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in Trinity of Persons: Give us grace to continue steadfast in the confession of this faith, and constant in our worship of you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; for you live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [17]

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

You, O LORD, are my lamp;* my God, you make my darkness bright. 

  • Psalm 18:29

Eventide Reading

1 Corinthians 1:18-31, The power and wisdom of God

18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

    and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of the proclamation, to save those who believe. 22 For Jews ask for signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to gentiles, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

26 Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards,[a] not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to abolish things that are, 29 so that no one[b] might boast in the presence of God. 30 In contrast, God is why you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in[c] the Lord.”

Eventide Lesson

Christ is the power

“Why is the message of the cross . . . foolishness to unbelievers (v. 18}? ‘It is a mark of them that perish not to recognize the things which lead to salvation’ (John Chrysostom). We who bear witness to Christ must not be discouraged when those outside of Him mock, for so did once even Paul himself. Being saved, present tense, refers to the process by which the Cross transforms us with the power of God.” [18]

“To those who request a sign (v. 22), the Church offers one: the Cross! The Cross is to be adored, for wherever the sign may be, there Jesus will be.” [19]

“Since Christ is the power (v. 24) and wisdom of God the Father- the brightness of the Father’s glory (Heb 1:3), the substantial and perfect Image of the invisible God- where He is, there is the

uncreated and saving grace of God. His Cross restores man to immortality and stirs up desire for the things of heaven.” [20]

“The base things of the world (v. 28) are ‘those persons who are considered to be nothing because of their great insignificance’ (John Chrysostom). There is no such thing as a ‘no-account’ Christian (v. 27; 2Co 12:9).” [21]

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Father in heaven, hear my prayer,

Keep me in Thy loving care, 

Be my guide in all I do, 

And bless all those who love me too.

Amen

Citations:

[1] 2019 Book of Common Prayer: http://bcp2019.anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/06-Daily-Morning-Prayer-11.21.2019.docx

[2] Stratman, P. (2001). Blessings. In Prayers from the Ancient Celtic Church (Kindle ed., p. 85). Crossway.

[3] Church House Publishing. (2005). Psalter. In Common worship: Daily prayer (pp. 868-869). 

[4] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Psalms. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 1397). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[5] Ibid. 4

[6] 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. 107). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[7] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Various Prayers. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 57). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[8] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Job. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 1132). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[9] Tyndale House Publishers. (2012). Job. In Chronological life application study Bible (Kindle ed., p. 5730). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Pub.

[10] Ibid. 9

[11] A., E. E. (2016). Job. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 3217). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[12] Palmer, W. (2018). Second Cycle Of Speeches. In Books of the Bible Study Questions: Job (PDF ed., pp. 11). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House. Retrieved at: https://communication.cph.org/hubfs/_books/2018/Books%20of%20the%20Bible%20Study%20Questions/581802_601%20Job%20201802161021.pdf?hsCtaTracking=8fb7d7e9-9fe1-4bc3-a417-2a869ba0e8f4%7Cb469ef11-ab3a-422d-af34-f55ee0b3052c

[13] Ibid. 12

[14] Ibid. 12

[15] A., E. E. (2016). Job. In The Lutheran study Bible: English standard version (Kindle ed., pp. 3217). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

[16] 2019 Book of Common Prayer: http://bcp2019.anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/08-Daily-Evening-Prayer-11.21.2019.docx

[17] 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. 251). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[18] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). 1 Corinthians. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1590). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[19] Ibid. 18

[20] Ibid. 18

[21] Ibid. 18

[22] 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. 230). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

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