Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday in Pentecost, Proper 6: Voices of power melted by pity

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

Collect of the Day
Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 78:40-72

Lessons: Numbers 11:1-23Romans 1:16-25Matthew 17:22-27

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in Thy Church Thou has set the holy and beautiful office of the Ministry, a witness for faith, a prophecy of the Life of the Spirit. To its service through the ages Thou hast called men of winged intellect and flaming spirit; self-spending sons of light and power and pathos, whose hearts Thou didst touch with fire from Thine altar.

Grant us, Lord God, in a new and difficult time, teachers of a like precious faith; men of revealing vision, voices of power melted by pity, fearless to rebuke and faithful to heal. Let it be so, O God, we pray, that the story of Thy love may be told to our hurrying time, wooing it from the semblance of life to homage for truth, beauty, and holiness. In His name. Amen.

Joseph Fort Newton

Jesus, Lover of My Soul