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Thursday May 23 - Morning
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Thursday May 23 - Morning

Frederick Augustus Bennett

Recommended liturgies
ANZPB pp80-82 or pp123-125

Psalm 143
Joshua 4:1-5:1
Luke 9:51-end
Collect

Psalm 143

1 Lord, hear my prayer,
 listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
 come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,
 for no one living is righteous before you.
3 The enemy pursues me,
 he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
 like those long dead.
4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
 my heart within me is dismayed.
5 I remember the days of long ago;
 I meditate on all your works
 and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands to you;
 I thirst for you like a parched land.

7 Answer me quickly, Lord;
 my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
 or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
 for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
 for to you I entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
 for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
 for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
 lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
 in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
 destroy all my foes,
 for I am your servant.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Joshua 4:1-5:1

1 When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”

4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”

8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the Lord had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. 9 Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.

10 Now the priests who carried the ark remained standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything the Lord had commanded Joshua was done by the people, just as Moses had directed Joshua. The people hurried over, 11 and as soon as all of them had crossed, the ark of the Lord and the priests came to the other side while the people watched. 12 The men of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over, ready for battle, in front of the Israelites, as Moses had directed them. 13 About forty thousand armed for battle crossed over before the Lord to the plains of Jericho for war.

14 That day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him all the days of his life, just as they had stood in awe of Moses.

15 Then the Lord said to Joshua, 16 “Command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant law to come up out of the Jordan.”

17 So Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.”

18 And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before.

19 On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. 20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. 24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”

[5] 1 Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast heard how the Lord had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until they had crossed over, their hearts melted in fear and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites.

Luke 9:51-end

51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 Then he and his disciples went to another village.

57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”

But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”

62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Collect

Living God, in the fullness of time,
the mantle of your Holy Spirit
clothed Frederick Augustus Bennett
to lead the Maori people
by preaching your word, rebuking error,
and teaching with unfailing patience;
grant us the same spirit of power,
love, and self control,
that we may do what pleases you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Thursday May 23- Evening

Frederick Augustus Bennett

Recommended liturgies
pp82-84 or pp87-89

The readings are those set for Evening Prayer for Month Date.

Psalm 143
Job 4
Luke 9:51-end
Collect

Psalm 143

1 Lord, hear my prayer,
 listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
 come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,
 for no one living is righteous before you.
3 The enemy pursues me,
 he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
 like those long dead.
4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
 my heart within me is dismayed.
5 I remember the days of long ago;
 I meditate on all your works
 and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands to you;
 I thirst for you like a parched land.

7 Answer me quickly, Lord;
 my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
 or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
 for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
 for to you I entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
 for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
 for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
 lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
 in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
 destroy all my foes,
 for I am your servant.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Job 4

1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

2 “If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient?
 But who can keep from speaking?
3 Think how you have instructed many,
 how you have strengthened feeble hands.
4 Your words have supported those who stumbled;
 you have strengthened faltering knees.
5 But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged;
 it strikes you, and you are dismayed.
6 Should not your piety be your confidence
 and your blameless ways your hope?

7 “Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?
 Where were the upright ever destroyed?
8 As I have observed, those who plow evil
 and those who sow trouble reap it.
9 At the breath of God they perish;
 at the blast of his anger they are no more.
10 The lions may roar and growl,
 yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.
11 The lion perishes for lack of prey,
 and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.

12 “A word was secretly brought to me,
 my ears caught a whisper of it.
13 Amid disquieting dreams in the night,
 when deep sleep falls on people,
14 fear and trembling seized me
 and made all my bones shake.
15 A spirit glided past my face,
 and the hair on my body stood on end.
16 It stopped,
 but I could not tell what it was.
A form stood before my eyes,
 and I heard a hushed voice:
17 ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God?
 Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?
18 If God places no trust in his servants,
 if he charges his angels with error,
19 how much more those who live in houses of clay,
 whose foundations are in the dust,
 who are crushed more readily than a moth!
20 Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces;
 unnoticed, they perish forever.
21 Are not the cords of their tent pulled up,
 so that they die without wisdom?’

Luke 9:51-end

51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 Then he and his disciples went to another village.

57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”

But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”

62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Collect

Living God, in the fullness of time,
the mantle of your Holy Spirit
clothed Frederick Augustus Bennett
to lead the Maori people
by preaching your word, rebuking error,
and teaching with unfailing patience;
grant us the same spirit of power,
love, and self control,
that we may do what pleases you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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