June 25, 2022 Devotional

  • Morning Devotional:
    • Deuteronomy 32:15-27, 39-43, God’s anger like a fire
      • Lesson: A song to the people
  • Midday Devotional:
    • Luke 9:21-27, Following Jesus
      • Lesson: Each person must take up his own cross.
  • Evening Devotional:
    • Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20, You have redeemed your people

Invitatory

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

Come let us adore him.

Hymn

“OH Happy Day”

Morning Prayers

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [1]

Before Reading the Scriptures

O Master, Lover of mankind, make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, and open the eyes of our mind that we may understand the message of Your Gospel. Implant in us the fear of Your blessed commandments, so that, having trampled down all carnal desires, we may pursue a spiritual way of life, thinking and doing all things that are pleasing to You. For You are the illumination of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God, and to You we give glory, together with Your Eternal Father and Your All-holy, Good, and Life-giving Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages. 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

Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp;* I myself will waken the dawn. 

Psalm 108:2

Morning Reading

Deuteronomy 32:15-27, 39-43, God’s anger like a fire

15 “But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked;

You grew fat, you grew thick,

You are obese!

Then he forsook God who made him,

And scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

16 They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods;

With abominations they provoked Him to anger.

17 They sacrificed to demons, not to God,

To gods they did not know,

To new gods, new arrivals

That your fathers did not fear.

18 Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful,

And have forgotten the God who fathered you.

19 “And when the Lord saw it, He spurned them,

Because of the provocation of His sons and His daughters.

20 And He said: ‘I will hide My face from them,

I will see what their end will be,

For they are a perverse generation,

Children in whom is no faith.

21 They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God;

They have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols.

But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation;

I will move them to anger by a foolish nation.

22 For a fire is kindled in My anger,

And shall burn to the lowest hell;

It shall consume the earth with her increase,

And set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

23 ‘I will heap disasters on them;

I will spend My arrows on them.

24T hey shall be wasted with hunger,

Devoured by pestilence and bitter destruction;

I will also send against them the teeth of beasts,

With the poison of serpents of the dust.

25 The sword shall destroy outside;

There shall be terror within

For the young man and virgin,

The nursing child with the man of gray hairs.

26 I would have said, “I will dash them in pieces,

I will make the memory of them to cease from among men,”

27 Had I not feared the wrath of the enemy,

Lest their adversaries should misunderstand,

Lest they should say, “Our hand is high;

And it is not the Lord who has done all this.” ’

39 ‘Now see that I, even I, am He,

And there is no God besides Me;

I kill and I make alive;

I wound and I heal;

Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.

40 For I raise My hand to heaven,

And say, “As I live forever,

41 If I whet My glittering sword,

And My hand takes hold on judgment,

I will render vengeance to My enemies,

And repay those who hate Me.

42 I will make My arrows drunk with blood,

And My sword shall devour flesh,

With the blood of the slain and the captives,

From the heads of the leaders of the enemy.” ’

43 “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people;

For He will avenge the blood of His servants,

And render vengeance to His adversaries;

He will provide atonement for His land and His people.”

Morning Lesson

A song to the people

In chapter 32 of Deuteronomy, “Moses recited a song to the people that detailed their covenant with God, contrasting the fidelity of the Lord with the infidelity of Israel. He recalled the ingratitude of Israel and their short memory for all that God had done for them. The people were punished for their transgressions yet persisted in their sins, even of idolatry; God, however, who is always faithful and merciful, continued to draw his people to him. The great musical traditions of the Church can trace their roots back to the ancient Israelites, who put their prayers to chant in their worship of God.” [3]

Midday Prayers

Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his Cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [4] 

A General Intercession

GRACIOUS GOD, I PRAY for the needs of all people; that those who do not know you may come to know, love, and serve you; for your holy Church throughout the world and all people who claim the name of Christ; for our own part of the Church; for the Archbishop of Canterbury and the bishops of this province, for my diocese and for my parish, the clergy, and people, that we may witness to the Gospel and carry forward the mission that is ours: to serve the world and give witness to the cross of Christ.

For those whose work and vocation supports others, that they may find satisfaction and a fair return for their labor; for the unemployed, that they may find work and be saved from despondency; for an economy that provides for all and for the generations yet to come. For all in adversity, that the sick will be healed, the hungry fed, the mourners comforted, that those in anguish of mind or body will be held in that deep peace which passes human understanding and that comes from you alone.

Bless my friends, and teach me to bless my enemies and those whom I would forget or ignore; teach me to use all that you have given me—strength and time, resources and talents—for your glory and to the well-being of all whose lives I touch; grant me penitence for my sins, faith in the Gospel, joy in the sacraments and in all creation, and life everlasting through the mercies of Jesus Christ who ever lives to make intercession for us. Amen. [5]

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

Come, let us sing to the LORD;* let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving* and raise a loud shout to him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God,* and a great king above all gods. In his hands are the caverns of the earth,* and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his, for he made it,* and his hands have molded the dry land. 

Psalm 95:1-5

Midday Reading

Luke 9:21-27, Following Jesus

21 He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

23 Then he said to them all, “If any wish to come after me, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit them if they gain the whole world but lose or forfeit themselves? 26 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words, of them the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 Indeed, truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

Midday Lesson

Each person must take up his own cross.

“Jesus desires to keep His identity as the Christ hidden (v. 21) to avoid popular political and theological misunderstandings. Only after His Passion and Resurrection can His identity as Messiah be understood.” [6]

In verse 23, Jesus says, If any wish to come after me, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. “Note two things: (1) Each person must take up his own cross. The burden in this world is different for each person, and each has been chosen by God to bear certain struggles for his own salvation and the salvation of those around him. (2) The cross is to be taken up daily. Commitment to following Christ is not just a one-time event. Rather, it is the continual practice of faith and obedience, even to the point of being shamed and persecuted by the world.” [7]

Our passage closes with verse 27: Indeed, truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God. “This is a reference to those who will witness the Transfiguration (vv. 28-36), as well as to those in every generation who experience the presence of God’s Kingdom.” [8]

Eventide Prayers

O Lord God Almighty, as you have taught us to call the evening, the morning, and the noonday one day; and have made the sun to know its going down: Dispel the darkness of our hearts, that by your brightness we may know you to be the true God and eternal light, living and reigning for ever and ever. Amen. [9]

A Collect for Saturdays

O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending day upon us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship on the morrow give you glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [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

In truth God has heard me;* he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer,* nor withheld his love from me. 

Psalm 66:17-18

Eventide Reading

Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20, You have redeemed your people

I cry aloud to God,

aloud to God, that he may hear me.

In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;

in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;

my soul refuses to be comforted.

I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;

I will remember your wonders of old.

I will meditate on all your work,

and muse on your mighty deeds.

Your way, O God, is holy.

What god is so great as our God?

You are the God who works wonders;

you have displayed your might among the peoples.

With your strong arm you redeemed your people,

the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.    Selah

When the waters saw you, O God,

when the waters saw you, they were afraid;

the very deep trembled.

The clouds poured out water;

the skies thundered;

your arrows flashed on every side.

The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;

your lightnings lit up the world;

the earth trembled and shook.

Your way was through the sea,

your path, through the mighty waters;

yet your footprints were unseen.

You led your people like a flock

by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Concluding Prayer of the Church

Lord, send me sleep that I may live,

The wrongs I’ve done this day forgive.

Bless every deed and thought and word,

I’ve rightly done, or said, or heard.

Bless relatives and friends always,

Teach all the world to watch and pray.

My thanks for all my blessings take,

And hear my prayer for Jesus’ sake. 

Amen. [11]

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] Papavassiliou, V. (2014). Prayers for Various Occasions. In The ancient faith prayer book (Kindle ed., p. 100). Chesterton, IN: Ancient Faith Publishing.

[3] Cole, J. (Ed.). (2015). Deuteronomy. In Didache Bible: With commentaries based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle ed., p. 469). Downers Grove, IL: Midwest Theological Forum, Ignatius Press.

[4] 2019 Book of Common Prayer: http://bcp2019.anglicanchurch.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/07-Midday-Prayer-11.21.2019.docx

[5] Cobb, D., & Olsen, D. A. (2014). Various Prayers. In Saint Augustine’s prayer book: A book of devotions (Kindle ed., p. 59). Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement.

[6] Academic Community of St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (2008). Luke. In The Orthodox study Bible (p. 1412). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Ibid. 6, P. 1414

[8] Ibid. 6, P. 1414

[9] Episcopal Church. (1979). Daily Office, Rite II. 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. 110). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[10] 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. 223). New York, NY: Church Publishing Incorporated.

[11] Christian Children’s Bedtime Prayers, retrieved at: http://www.apples4theteacher.com/childrens-prayers/evening-bedtime/

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