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Thursday, June 4, 2020
Thursday Prayer Meeting
St. Andrew & St. John Episcopal Church Southwest Harbor, Maine Thursday Evening Zoom Worship June 4, 2020 5:00 PM with Fr. John Burton
A little homework reading for this Thursday's worship with Fr. John Burton at 5:00 pm!
Thursday Evening Zoom Worship for June 4 with Fr. John Burton 5:00pm Our Thursday Evening Worship will continue with the format from last week. We will meet on Zoom to reflect upon a simple "Homework" Prayer Exercise from Father John Burton included below. We will conclude with the Daily Devotion for Early Evening from the BCP. We will meet Thursday at 5:00 pm. (Note the new time.) See you Thursday?
Gather 5:00pm Welcome: John+ Check In with 2 simple questions: Report back on "Homework" exercise. Here it is:"Homework" Prayer exercise: Read the following lesson from this upcoming Sunday as told in The Message Bible.
Genesis 1:1-2:4 The Message (MSG) 1 1-2 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don't see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God's Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. 3-5 God spoke: "Light!" And light appeared. God saw that light was good and separated light from dark. God named the light Day, he named the dark Night. It was evening, it was morning— Day One. 6-8 God spoke: "Sky! In the middle of the waters; separate water from water!" God made sky. He separated the water under sky from the water above sky. And there it was: he named sky the Heavens; It was evening, it was morning— Day Two. 9-10 God spoke: "Separate! Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place; Land, appear!" And there it was. God named the land Earth. He named the pooled water Ocean. God saw that it was good. 11-13 God spoke: "Earth, green up! Grow all varieties of seed-bearing plants, Every sort of fruit-bearing tree." And there it was. Earth produced green seed-bearing plants, all varieties, And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts. God saw that it was good. It was evening, it was morning— Day Three. 14-15 God spoke: "Lights! Come out! Shine in Heaven's sky! Separate Day from Night. Mark seasons and days and years, Lights in Heaven's sky to give light to Earth." And there it was. 16-19 God made two big lights, the larger to take charge of Day, The smaller to be in charge of Night; and he made the stars. God placed them in the heavenly sky to light up Earth And oversee Day and Night, to separate light and dark. God saw that it was good. It was evening, it was morning— Day Four. 20-23 God spoke: "Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life! Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!" God created the huge whales, all the swarm of life in the waters, And every kind and species of flying birds. God saw that it was good. God blessed them: "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Ocean! Birds, reproduce on Earth!" It was evening, it was morning— Day Five. 24-25 God spoke: "Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind: cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds." And there it was: wild animals of every kind, Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug. God saw that it was good. 26-28 God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth." God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God's nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth." 29-30 Then God said, "I've given you every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth And every kind of fruit-bearing tree, given them to you for food. To all animals and all birds, everything that moves and breathes, I give whatever grows out of the ground for food." And there it was. 31 God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good! It was evening, it was morning— Day Six. 2 Heaven and Earth were finished, down to the last detail. 2-4 By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work. God blessed the seventh day. He made it a Holy Day Because on that day he rested from his work, all the creating God had done. This is the story of how it all started, of Heaven and Earth when they were created.
Last week we spent some time, like the apostles at Jesus' Ascension looking into the sky. That was sort of a 'macro' view. This week we will focus on what might be considered a 'micro' view.
Go outside, if possible, and find one bit of Creation that catches your attention and spend some time (+/- 5 minutes) engaging deeply with it. Try to engage each of your senses. · Look at it deeply. What do you notice? · What if any sounds do you hear? · Can you discern an associated smell or taste? · Can you touch it? What are the sensations on your skin. · Pay attention to any · thoughts, · feelings · body sensations that arise.
· At the conclusion of this activity, bring your experience to God in prayer. · What do you have to say to God? · What is God saying to you? · Thank God for whatever experience you had.
Order for Evening (from BCP p. 139)
In the Early Evening This devotion may be used before or after the evening meal. 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.
A Reading 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
Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.
The Lord's Prayer
The Collect 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.