Monday, May 07, 2007

Evangelical Prayer Book

I've finished my part in writing the Evangelical Prayer Book (alas Evangelical Missal would be too misunderstood I now see). Here is the last page that I wrote for the book which is inspired by recent events:

Prayer
O Sovereign Lord, we ask you to be compassionate to your children, and we come to you with our prayer for that part of the Body of Christ that is suffering travails and persecutions throughout the ends of the earth. We raise up before you those who have been bleeding, imprisoned, violated, tortured, impoverished and hounded by minions of evil. Vindicate the blood of those who died for making the good confession. Execute your justice and establish your righteousness throughout all the earth. Grant them mercy and comfort in their time of need and make us their advocate before the tribunals of the world. Shine the light of Christ upon them as they walk in the valley of the shadow of death and grant them a better resurrection. Chastise us Lord if we should ever fail to ever to plead their cause and fail to remember their plight in our prayers. Purify your church O Lord and may the blood of your righteous saints strengthen the church and bring those in darkness into the light.
- MFB

Scripture
Proverbs 24:11-12: Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?

Hymn
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing;
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth;
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.
- Martin Luther

Scripture
Hebrews 13:3: Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Benediction
The peace of God which passes all understanding,keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,and of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord,and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,be among you and remain with you always.

2 comments:

Nick said...

This looks like an exciting project. When will it be ready?

I'm using "The Divine Hours" just now and find the New Jerusalem Bible quotations a bit awkward. Which bible translation will be used in the prayer book?

In Him

Michael F. Bird said...

Nick,
Thanks for that. Bible version will depend upon which publisher we go with. Some have "deals" with certain translations. I'm hoping for either the NIV or ESV.