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Evening Prayer 8.21.14, Thursday, Proper 15, Ordinary Time

You are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.

Eroni Kumaka has died, and you should know – because in August 1943, Mr. Kumaka, left, and Biuku Gasa, fishermen in the Solomon Islands, rescued a young U.S. Navy commander and his crew after their patrol boat was destroyed by a Japanese warship. The 10 Americans were starving, exhausted and badly injured. The two islanders fed them what they had and sent word to the nearest U.S. naval base 35 miles away, showing the commander how to use his penknife to scratch out a message on the inside skin of a coconut. The battle was Guadalcanal; the patrol boat was PT-109 – and the young commander was John F. Kennedy. When the U.S. Navy retrieved his crew on Rannoga Island, they handed him back his coconut; years later President Kennedy displayed it in the Oval Office as a prized possession. (Melissa Armstrong/AFP-Getty)

Eroni Kumaka has died, which you should know – because in August 1943, Mr. Kumaka, left, and Biuku Gasa, fishermen in the Solomon Islands, rescued a young U.S. Navy commander and his crew after their patrol boat was destroyed by a Japanese warship. Two Americans were killed, and the 10 survivors were starving, exhausted and badly injured. Kumaka and his pal fed them whatever they had and sent word to the nearest U.S. naval base 35 miles away, showing the commander how to use his penknife to scratch out a message on the inside skin of a coconut. The battle was Guadalcanal; the patrol boat was PT-109 – and the young commander was John F. Kennedy. When the U.S. Navy retrieved his crew on Rannoga Island, they handed him back his coconut; years later President Kennedy displayed it in the Oval Office as a prized possession. (Reportage: The New York Times; undated photo: Melissa Armstrong/AFP-Getty; caption: Josh Thomas/dailyoffice.org)

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because God is at my right hand, I shall not fall. Psalm 16:7-8

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

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.

Hymn: Light of the World
Phos hilaron

Light of the world in grace and beauty,
Mirror of God’s eternal face,
Transparent flame of love’s free duty,
You bring salvation to our race.
Now, as we see the lights of evening,
We raise our voice in hymns of praise;
Worthy are you of endless blessing,
Sun of our night, lamp of our days.

Psalm 134

Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, *
you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.
Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; *
the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

Psalm 135

Hallelujah!
Praise the Name of the LORD; *
give praise, you servants of the LORD.
You who stand in the house of the LORD, *
in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; *
sing praises to the Name of God, for it is lovely.
For the LORD has chosen Jacob *
and taken Israel as a possession.
For I know that the LORD is great, *
and that our Lord is above all gods.
The LORD does whatever the LORD wills, in heaven and on earth, *
in the seas and all the deeps.
The LORD brings up rain clouds from the ends of the earth; *
sends out lightning with the rain,
and brings the winds out of heaven’s storehouse.
It was the LORD who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
the firstborn both of humans and beasts.
The LORD sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt, *
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
The LORD overthrew many nations *
and put mighty rulers to death:
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, the kingdoms of Bashan, *
and all the realms of Canaan.
The LORD gave their land to be an inheritance, *
an inheritance for Israel, the chosen people.
O LORD, your Name is everlasting; *
your renown, O LORD, endures from age to age.
For you, O LORD, give your people justice *
and show compassion to your servants.
The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, *
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but they cannot speak; *
eyes have they, but they cannot see.
They have ears, but they cannot hear; *
neither is there any breath in their mouth.
Those who make them are like them, *
and so are all who put their trust in them.
Bless the LORD, O house of Israel; *
O house of Aaron, bless the LORD.
Bless the LORD, O house of Levi; *
you who fear the LORD, bless the LORD.
Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, *
who dwells in Jerusalem.
Hallelujah!

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 LESSON
John 6:16-27 (NRSV)

When evening came, Jesus’ disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going. The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

Canticle: The Song of Mary
Magnificat
Luke 1:46-55

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in you, O God my Savior, *
for you have looked with favor on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
you, the Almighty, have done great things for me,
and holy is your Name.
You have mercy on those who fear you *
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm, *
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones, *
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things, *
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel, *
for you have remembered your promise of mercy,
The promise made to our forebears, *
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.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
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,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and 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

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.

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

Colorized version of a woodcut by Gustave Doré, engraved by Pisan, 1866.

Colorized version of a woodcut by Gustave Doré, engraved by Pisan, 1866.

Collect of the Day: Proper 15

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Jesus Prayer
breath prayer for use on the Anglican Rosary
by Zoila Schoenbrun

Jesus Christ,
you are the light of the world.
Fill my mind with your peace.
Fill my heart with your love.

Thursday Evening Prayer List

For Those with Mental Health Concerns
For Sobriety & Recovery

For Those with Addictions

O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion on all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen.

For Mission

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The 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.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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++

(Josh Thomas/dailyoffice.org)

(Josh Thomas/dailyoffice.org)