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Monday, 25 September
Morning Prayer, Proper 20
Sergius

The Opening

Opening Sentence

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." Psalm 122:1

Hymn: Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou, my souls glory, joy and crown.
Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.
Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
And all the twinkling starry host;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heavn can boast.
All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly,
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;
None can be nearer, fairer or dearer,
Than Thou, my Savior, art to me.
Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine.

The Hastings College Choir

Confession

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

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.

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

Versicle and Response

Lord, open our lips.

And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

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 Earth is the Lord's for he made it: Come let us adore him.

Invitatory Psalm

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands;
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.

Know this: The Lord himself is God;
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

The Antiphon

The Earth is the Lord's for he made it:
Come let us adore him.

The Psalm

Psalm 80 or
Coverdale
Qui regis Israel

1Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.

2In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
stir up your strength and come to help us.

3Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

4O LORD God of hosts, *
how long will you be angered
despite the prayers of your people?

5You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
you have given them bowls of tears to drink.

6You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

7Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

8You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *
you cast out the nations and planted it.

9You prepared the ground for it; *
it took root and filled the land.

10The mountains were covered by its shadow *
and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.

11You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *
and its branches to the River.

12Why have you broken down its wall, *
so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?

13The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *
and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.

14Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;
behold and tend this vine; *
preserve what your right hand has planted.

15They burn it with fire like rubbish; *
at the rebuke of your countenance let them perish.

16Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
and son of man you have made so strong for yourself.

17And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your Name.

18Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen. Amen.

The Lessons

Old Testament Lesson

2 Kings 5:1-19a

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. 2Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman's wife. 3She said to her mistress, "If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy." 4So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said. 5And the king of Aram said, "Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel." He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments. 6He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, "When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his leprosy." 7When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me." 8But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, "Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel."

9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha's house. 10Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean." 11But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, "I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! 12Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?" He turned and went away in a rage. 13But his servants approached and said to him, "Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, 'Wash, and be clean'?" 14So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.

15 Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company; he came and stood before him and said, "Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel; please accept a present from your servant." 16But he said, "As the LORD lives, whom I serve, I will accept nothing!" He urged him to accept, but he refused. 17Then Naaman said, "If not, please let two mule-loads of earth be given to your servant; for your servant will no longer offer burnt offering or sacrifice to any god except the LORD. 18But may the LORD pardon your servant on one count:when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, leaning on my arm, and I bow down in the house of Rimmon, when I do bow down in the house of Rimmon, may the LORD pardon your servant on this one count." 19He said to him, "Go in peace."

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Canticle 9 The First Song of Isaiah
Isaiah 12:2-6
Ecce, Deus

Surely, it is God who saves me;*
I will trust in him and not be afraid.

For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense,*
and he will be my Savior.

Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *
from the springs of salvation.

And on that day you shall say,*
Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;

Make his deeds known among the peoples;*
see that they remember that his Name is exalted.

Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things,*
and this is known in all the world.

Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy,*
for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of 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.

New Testament Lesson

1 Corinthians 4:8-21

8Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Quite apart from us you have become kings! Indeed, I wish that you had become kings, so that we might be kings with you! 9For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, as though sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to mortals. 10We are fools for the sake of Christ, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clothed and beaten and homeless, 12and we grow weary from the work of our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13when slandered, we speak kindly. We have become like the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things, to this very day.

14 I am not writing this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16I appeal to you, then, be imitators of me.

17 For this reason I sent you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ Jesus, as I teach them everywhere in every church. 18But some of you, thinking that I am not coming to you, have become arrogant. 19But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. 20For the kingdom of God depends not on talk but on power. 21 What would you prefer? Am I to come to you with a stick, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Canticle 19 The Song of the Redeemed
Revelation 15:3-4
Magna et mirabilia

O ruler of the universe, Lord God,
great deeds are they that you have done,*
surpassing human understanding.
Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth,*

O King of all the ages
Who can fail to do you homage, Lord
and sing the praises of your Name
for you only are the Holy One.

All nations will draw near and fall down before you
because your just and holy works have been revealed.

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 Gospel

Matthew 5:21-26

21 'You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, "You shall not murder"; and "whoever murders shall be liable to judgment." 22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, "You fool," you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.f 25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Commemoration

To the people of Russia, Sergius is a national hero and an example ofRussian spiritual life at its best.

Sergiuswas born around 1314, the son of a farmer. When he was twenty, he andhis brother began to live as hermits in a forest near Moscow. Others joinedthem in what became the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, a center for therenewal of Russian Christianity. Pilgrims came from all Russia to worshipand to receive spiritual instruction, advice, and encouragement. The Russianswere at the time largely subservient to the neighboring (non-Christian)Tatar (or Tartar) people. Sergius rallied the people behind Prince DimitriDonskoi, who defeated the Tatars in 1380 and established an independentRussia.

Sergius was a gentle man, of winning personality. Stories told of himresemble those of Francis of Assisi, including some that show that animalstended to trust him. He had the ability to inspire in men an intense awarenessof the love of God, and a readiness to respond in love and obedience.He remained close to his peasant roots. One contemporary said of him,"He has about him the smell of fir forests." To this day, the effect ofhis personality on Russian devotion remains considerable.

(The following material is taken with minor alterations from The Livesof the Saints, by Sabine Baring-Gould, author of the hymn "Onward,Christian Soldiers. The reader will note that this account was writtenbefore the Communist Revolution, at a time when the Czar was still rulerof Russia, and the Russian Orthodox Church was the official religion ofthe country.)

The name of Sergius is as dear to every Russian's heart as that of WilliamTell to a Swiss, or that of Joan of Arc to a Frenchman. He was born atRostoff in the early part of the 14th century, and when quite young leftthe house of his parents, and, together with his brother Stephen, settledhimself in the dense forests of Radonege with bears for his companions,suffering from fierce cold in winter, often from famine. The fame of hisvirtues drew disciples around him. They compelled him to go to Peryaslavla-Zalessky,to receive priestly orders from Athanasius, Bishop of Volhynia, who livedthere. Sergius built by his own labor in the midst of the forest a rudechurch of timber, by the name of the Source of Life, the Ever BlessedTrinity, which has since grown into the greatest, most renowned and wealthymonastery in all Russia--the Troitzka (=Trinity) Abbey, whose destinyhas become inseparable from the destinies of the capital.

Princes and prelates applied to Sergius not only foradvice, but also for teachers trained in his school, who might becomein their realms and dioceses the heads of similar institutions, centerswhence light and wisdom might shine. Tartar invasion had quenched thereligious fervor of the Russians: a new era of zeal opened with the foundationof the Troitzka monastery and the labors of Sergius. At the request ofVladimir, Athanasius, a disciple of Sergius, founded the Visotsky monasteryat Serpouchoff; and another of his pupils, Sabbas, laid the foundationof the convent of Svenigorod, while his nephew Theodore laid that of Simonoffin Moscow. In the terrible struggle against the Tartars, the heart ofthe Grand-Prince Demetrius failed him; how could he break the power ofthis inexhaustible horde which, like the locusts of the prophet Joel,had the garden of Eden before them and left behind them a desolate wilderness?It was the remonstrance, the prayers of Sergius, that encouraged the Princeto engage in battle with the horde on the fields of the Don. No historicalpicture or sculpture in Russia is more frequent than that which representsthe youthful warrior receiving the benediction of the aged hermit. Twoof his monks, Peresvet and Osliab, accompanied the Prince to the field,and fought in coats of mail drawn over their monastic habit; and the battlewas begun by the single combat of Peresvet with a gigantic Tartar, championof the Horde.

The two chief convents in the suburbs of Moscow stillpreserve the recollection of that day. One is the vast fortress of theDonskoi monastery, under the Sparrow Hills. The other is the Simonoffmonastery already mentioned, founded on the banks of the Mosqua, on abeautiful spot chosen by the saint himself, and its earliest site wasconsecrated by the tomb which covers the bodies of his two warlike monks.From that day forth he stood out in the national recollection as the championof Russia. It was from his convent that the noblest patriotic inspirationswere drawn, and, as he had led the way in giving the first great repulseto the Tartar power, so the final blow in like manner came from a successorin his place. In 1480, when Ivan III wavered, as Demetrius had waveredbefore him, it was by the remonstrance of Archbishop Bassian, formerlyprior of the Troitzka monastery, that Ivan too was driven, almost againsthis will, to the field. "Dost thou fear death?" so he was addressed bythe aged prelate. "Thou too must die as well as others; death is the lotof all, man, beast, and bird alike; none avoid it. Give these warriorsinto my hands, and, old as I am, I will not spare myself, nor turn myback upon the Tartars." The Metropolitan, we are told, added his exhortationsto those of Bassian. Ivan returned to the camp, the Khan of the GoldenHorde fled without a blow, and Russia was set free for ever. [Note:The reader will remember that Constantinople (also called New Rome) fellto the Turks in 1453, and thus the Byzantine or Eastern Roman Empire cameto an end. This same Ivan III married the niece of the last ByzantineEmperor, and so claimed for himself a position in the line of ChristianEmperors beginning with Constantine, and for Moscow the position of ThirdRome, the capital thenceforth of the Christian world.]

Now back to the time of Sergius.

The Metropolitan, Alexis, being eighty-four years old, perceived that his end was approaching, and he wished to give Sergiushis blessing and appoint him as his successor. But the humble monk, ingreat alarm, declared that he could not accept and wear the sacred pictureof the Blessed Virgin suspended by gold chains, which the primate hadsent him from his own breast on which it had hung. "From my youth up,"said he, "I have never possessed or worn gold, and how now can I adornmyself in my old age?" St. Sergius died at an extremely advanced age in1392, amidst the lamentations of his contemporaries.

written by James Kiefer

Prayer

O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty mightbe rich: Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we, inspiredby the devotion of your servant Sergius of Moscow, may serve you withsingleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come; throughJesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Alternate Psalm and Readings

Psalm 87
Proverbs 4:1-9
1 John 2:15-17
Luke 8:16-21

The Creed

The Apostle's Creed

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

The Lord's Prayer

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

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;

Govern and uphold them, now and always.

Day by day we bless you;

We praise your name for ever.

Lord, keep us from all sin today;

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your love and mercy;

For we put our trust in you.

In you, Lord, is our hope;

And we shall never hope in vain.

Collect of the Day: Pentecost, proper 20

Grant us, Lord, not to anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things which are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

For Mission

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

World Cycle of Prayer

We pray for the people of Ecuador.

Ecumenical Cycle of Prayer

We pray for our sisters and brothers members of the Restored Reformed Church.

A Collect for Peace

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn: To my humble supplication

To my humble supplication
Lord, give ear and acceptation
Save thy servant, that hath none
Help nor hope but Thee alone. Amen.

Prayers and Intercessions

Let us pray now for our own needs and those of others.

Birthdays
Anniversaries
For Recovery from Sickness
For Travelers
For a Person in Trouble or Bereavement
For Those to be Baptized
For the Departed
Full list of prayers

For All Sorts and Conditions

O God, the creator and preserver of all, we humbly beseech you for all sorts and conditions of people; that you would be pleased to make your ways known unto them, your saving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for your holy Church universal; that it may be so guided and governed by your good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to your fatherly goodness all those who are in any ways afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; that it may please you to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

For the Poor and Neglected

Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Those Who Live Alone

Almighty God, whose Son had nowhere to lay his head: Grant that those who live alone may not be lonely in their solitude, but that, following in his steps, they may find fulfillment in loving you and their neighbors; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn: Who can cheer the heart like Jesus

Who can cheer the heart like Jesus
By His presence all divine
True and tender, pure and precious
O, how blest to call Him mine
All that thrills my soul is Jesus
He is more than life to me
And the fairest of ten thousand
In my blessed Lord I see

What a wonderful redemption
Never can a mortal know
How my sin, though red like crimson
Can be whiter than the snow
All that thrills my soul is Jesus
He is more than life to me
And the fairest of ten thousand
In my blessed Lord I see

Every need His hand supplying
Every good in Him I see
On His strength divine relying
He is all in all to me
All that thrills my soul is Jesus
He is more than life to me
And the fairest of ten thousand
In my blessed Lord I see

Singers: Mennonite Hour Men's Chorus
Words and music: Thoro Harris

A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

General Thanksgiving

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 our selves 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

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.

The Ending

Benediction

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Romans 15:13

Hymn: God Be With You

God be with you till we meet again;
By his counsels guide, uphold you;
With his sheep securely fold you.
God be with you till we meet again.
Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus' feet,
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

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