Sunday Next before Advent 24 November 2019 A.D.

Sunday next before Advent       24 November 2019 A.D.    Morning Prayer

 

Psalm 145     First lesson. Jeremiah 3:14-18     Second lesson. 1 Corinthians 11:17-32

 

                                    Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy

                                    faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth

                                    the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously

                                    rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

                                                                                                          Amen.

 

   This Sunday is the technical New Year’s Eve of the church calendar.  The new year of the church appropriately starts with the season of Advent.  Think about the portent of salvation, of hope, of light given to the darkened world, all coming together in the season of Advent.

As we are praying to be “stirred up” on this the last Sunday of the old church year, let us look to the new church year with great anticipation of good things to come in our continuing journey to Zion.  Many of the vestiges of John Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress, should be an encouragement to us in our own progress to the Kingdom.   Read what the psalmist wrote in the 145th psalm, take note of what he indicates is the path of praise to be afforded the Lord:

  Notice the progression of these five verses; extolling and praising God and his name for ever and ever. Blessing God and again praising his name....for ever and ever.

Why? Great is the LORD (and because he is great) he is to be praised and that greatness is beyond our ability to understand the greatness. (humbling). And then a most important aspect of this praise; teaching the next generation about the works of the Lord, declaring these great works to the next generation and in turn they tell the next generation.

  

I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.

  

 

   Now let us put this in context of the new church year.  At the cusp of the calendar year we usually reflect on what the past year revealed, we think of the high points, low points, and maybe unusual events that may have unfolded during the previous year, overall, there is a reflection upon the past.  Today let us do the same with the church year. Let us reflect on the past year, think about all things that have transpired over the last year, good, bad, and otherwise and then apply the first five verses of the 145th psalm. Hmm, what will that bring to mind?  Do we praise God in all things?  Do we reflect on his greatness, his works to be praised, his mighty acts, his glorious honor?

 

The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

 

 The next couple of verses give us the hope of great mercy, the goodness the LORD gives to all, the tender mercies over all his works and the wonderful act; “[he] is slow to anger”.  What a merciful blessing.  Think about it. If we were God, how merciful would we be? How slow to rebuke would we be? How kind to others would we be?  

They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

   Would we be that merciful?  I don’t think so. First off, we are not holy by birth or eternally {God being eternal, not created or born}. We always seem to find a way of retribution, we always seem to find a way to get even, thank God we are not in charge. 

 

All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee 

 

  Instead let us praise the Lord. Let us cease from ‘transferring’ our feelings of revenge on others by way of the Lord.  Instead, let us do what the psalmist wrote out in the following:

 

They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;

To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.

Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

 

  How much more worthy an effort, to teach of the kingdom, teach of its everlasting nature, teach

 

 of the power and majesty that God affords his kingdom and how that in turn affects us?

 

The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

  

 

  As we stand at the end of the church year and look into the future of the same, let us pray that God gives us the patience, strength, courage, and will to do the right things, being His faithful. We need to ask God to aid us in our journey to His kingdom, daily giving us the blessings and spiritual nourishment to press on, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

 

My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

 

Let us pray:

 

O LORD Jesus Christ, who didst say to thine Apostles, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; Regard not our sins, but the faith of thy Church, and grant it that peace and unity which is agreeable to thy will; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.                           Amen.

 

O GOD, who art present in every place; Mercifully hear our prayers for those whom we love, now absent from us; watch over them, we beseech thee and protect them in all anxiety, danger, and temptation; teach us and them to know that thou art always near, and that we are one in thee for ever; through Jesus Christ our Lord.                                     Amen.

 

ALMIGHTY God, Lord of heaven and earth, in whom we live, and move, and have our being; who dost cause thy sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendest rain both upon the just and the unjust; We beseech thee at this time favourably to behold thy people who call upon thee, and send thy blessing down from heaven to give us a fruitful season; that, our hearts being continually filled with thy goodness, we may evermore give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church ; through Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                   Amen.

 

 

For Thanksgiving Day                                      

 

 Let us thank Almighty God for all his blessings.

 

FOR all thy blessings in creation; for the beauty of earth and sea and sky; for thy manifold works, and for the wisdom wherewith thou hast made them all,

    We thank thee, O God.

 

    For the happiness of our earthly life; for all our powers of mind and body; for faithful friends, and for the joy of loving and being loved,

    We thank thee, O God.

 

    For the great salvation given to us in Jesus Christ our Lord; for the gracious words spoken by him, and for the perfect example of his life on earth,

    We thank thee, O God.

 

    For his suffering and his dying; for his rising again and his ascending into heaven; and for the gift of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost,

    We thank thee, O God.

 

 

    For all the blessings brought to us in thy holy Church; for the preaching of thy Word, and the grace of the Sacraments; and for our fellowship in Christ with thee and with one another,

    We thank thee, O God.

 

    For thy long‑suffering with our sin and our unbelief; for thy calls to repentance, and for thy gracious welcome to all who return to thee,

    We thank thee, O God.

 

    For all thy fatherly discipline; for our share in the Cross of Christ; for strength given according to our need, and for sorrow turned into joy,

    We thank thee, O God.

 

    For all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; for the example they have left us, and for the blessed hope of reunion with them hereafter,

    We thank thee, O God.

 

    For the hope of a new heaven and a new earth; for the place that our Lord has gone to prepare for us, and for the promised vision of thy glory,

    We thank thee, O God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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