Thursday, May 21, 2020

MDI Episcopal Thursday Prayer Meeting


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Coming up in our MDI Episcopal Churches!
Wednesdays at 10:30 am: Zoom Bible Study on the Book of Ruth with Fr. Steve Muncie of St. Mary and St. Jude! Email to be added to the Zoom invite list.
Wednesdays at 5:30 pm "Music & Chatter".  The program will take about 30 minutes. . The idea is to keep us all involved and up to date.  It can be seen on the MDI Episcopal You Tube channel. Click on this link:
Thursdays at 5:30 pm Zoom Evening Prayer. The invitation is below.  You can call in or join by touch tone, smart phone, ipad or computer!  The Order of Worship for the Thursday 5:30 Evening Prayer with The Rev. Dr. Jenny Reece this week follows as well. Do join us for this wonderful way to end the day!
MDI Episcopal is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: May 21, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Thu, 20 occurrence(s)
        May 21, 2020 05:30 PM
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Meeting ID: 814 8666 7602    Password: 787839
The Episcopal Churches of MDI welcome you to a service of
Evening Prayer with The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Reece
Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 pm Ascension Day
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Meeting ID 814 8666 7602   Password  787839
Psalm 24; Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 28:16-20
Daily Evening Prayer Rite Two begins on pg. 115 of the Book of Common Prayer
Suggestions as to when to mute your mic are in red.
The Officiant begins the service with one or more of the following sentences of Scripture,
Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.    Philippians 1:2

If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night," darkness is not dark to you, O Lord; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to you are both alike.    Psalm 139:10,11
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."  John 8:12

The following Confession of Sin may then be said; or the Office may continue at once with "O God make speed to save us."

Confession of Sin   BCP pg. 116
The Officiant says to the people
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.
Officiant and People together, (spoken in unison muted)
Most merciful God,  we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

The Priest alone says
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

The Invitatory and Psalter    BCP pg. 117
Officiant:         O God, make speed to save us.
People:                        O Lord, make haste to help us.      
Officiant:        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!

The following, or some other suitable hymn, or an Invitatory Psalm, maybe sung or said.
O Gracious Light Phos hilaron       Officiant 
O gracious light, pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of Life, and to be glorified through all the worlds.

The Psalm: 24   (spoken responsively by half verse)  leader: Ted Fletcher
The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it,
    the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
    and established it on the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
    who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
    and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
    and vindication from the God of their salvation.
Such is the company of those who seek him,
    who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
Lift up your heads, O gates!
    and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory. Selah 
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.

The Lessons                                                                                     
First Lesson:  Acts 1:1-11                      reader: Roger Samuel
A reading from the book of Acts

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning  until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.  After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.  While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. "This," he said, "is what you have heard from me;  for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."  So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?"  He replied, "It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.  They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."

Here ends the Reading.
The Song of Mary    Magnificat   Luke 1:46-55     (spoken in unison muted)    BCP pg. 119
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *
    for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
    the Almighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him *
    in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm, *
    he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
    and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, *
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
    for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
The promise he made to our fathers, *
    to Abraham and his children for ever.
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.
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 28:16-20    reader: Gail Leland
A reading from the Gospel of Matthew
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore 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 that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Here ends the reading
The Song of Simeon    Nunc Dimittis Luke 2:29-32 (spoken in unison muted)   BCP pg. 120
Lord, you now have set your servant free *
    to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
    whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
    and the glory of your people Israel.
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.
Reflection on Scripture: The Ascension   The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Reece
 Poem from Cynewulf's, The Ascension  (see screen share)

The Apostles' Creed   Officiant and People together (people muted)
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord.
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
      and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
      was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
      and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers                                                                                    BCP pg. 121
Officiant The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.
Officiant Let us pray.
Officiant and People (people muted) 
. Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your Name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
        on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
    as we forgive those
        who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
    and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
    and the glory are yours,
    now and for ever. Amen.

Suffrages A     (responsively, not muted)                            BCP pg. 121:
V.    Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R.    And grant us your salvation.
V.    Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R.    Let your people sing with joy.
V.    Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R.    For only in you can we live in safety.
V.    Lord, keep this nation under your care;
R.    And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V.    Let your way be known upon earth;
R.    Your saving health among all nations.
V.    Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R.    Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V.    Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R.    And sustain us by your Holy Spirit.

The Officiant then says one or more of the following Collects

The Collect of the Day
A Collect in time of Adversity                                    
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.                                        (BCP, 218).
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.
or the following

O God, you manifest in your servants the signs of your presence: Send forth upon us the spirit of love, that in companionship with one another your abounding grace may increase among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Officiant: You are invited to unmute your microphone and add your own intercessions and thanksgivings as follows:
Bidder: We pray for Alcine Reed     departed this life and for her family.  Lord, in your mercy,
People: Hear our prayer.

Bidder: I pray in Thanksgiving for ________________; Lord of all mercy,
People: Thanks be to God
or  Bidder: I pray for ___________________________  Lord, in your mercy,
People: Hear our prayer.

The General Thanksgiving                                                    BCP pg. 125
Officiant and People (muted)
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom          Officiant:      (unmuted)
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the  midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.   Ephesians 3:20,21
With thanks to our Ministers of the service:
Officiant                      The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Reece
Psalm:                         Ted Fletcher
Reader 1:                     Roger Samuel
Gospel Reader:           Gail Leland
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