Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tuesday after Trinity: So far as man is able

Opening Sentence
The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. John 4:23

Commemoration: Boniface
Almighty God, who called your faithful servant Boniface to be a witness and martyr in the lands of Germany and Friesland, and by his labor and suffering raised up a people for your own possession: Pour forth your Holy Spirit upon your Church in every land, that by the service and sacrifice of many your holy Name may be glorified and your kingdom enlarged; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 45

Lessons: Ecclesiastes 2:16-26, Galatians 1:18-2:10, Matthew 13:53-58

Lord Jesus, who didst thyself institute the holy office of the ministry and hast commanded us to preach repentance and the forgiveness of sins in thy name, we beseech thee to set faithful watchmen upon the walls of thy church who shall guard thy towers and declare thee to the ends of the earth. Fill them whom thou sendest with true understanding of thy Word and be with their spirit that they may faithfully feed thy church which thou hast purchased with thine own blood, turn the sinful to repentance, and comfort the sorrowing, and be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. Give them bold hearts that they may preach thy holy word without fear, without hypocrisy, and without respect of persons, as they ought to do. (47)

We pray for them that are ministers of thy Word, whose work it is, so far as a man is able, to draw men unto thee. We pray that thou wilt bless their work, but that at the same time they themselves in this work of theirs may be drawn unto thee, and by their zeal to draw others unto thee they themselves may not be held back from thee. And we pray for the simple Christians that being themselves drawn unto thee they may not think poorly of themselves, as though it were not granted also unto them to draw others unto thee, in so far as a man is able.

In so far as man is able--for thou alone art able to draw unto thyself, though thou canst employ all means and all men to draw all unto thyself. Amen. (48)

Minister's Prayer Book (1959)

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