Our Father, who art in heaven,
                hallowed be thy Name,
                thy kingdom come,
                thy will be done,
                   on earth as it is in heaven.
            Give us this day our daily bread.
            And forgive us our trespasses,
                as we forgive those who trespass against us.
          And lead us not into temptation,
                but deliver us from evil.
         For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
        for ever and ever. Amen.

Who is the group sitting around our beds?
Peter and Paul and John the Baptist:
Christ is sitting on my bed.
Who? Christ making guidance to the safety this night.

Wednesday Evening Celtic Prayer

Wednesday,  October 14, 2020

Welcome to Celtic Evening Prayer

Date:  October 14, 2020

Let us open our evening worship with the following prayer:
     God’s blessing be yours,
     And well may it befall you:
     Christ’s blessing be yours,
     And well may you be entreated;
     Spirit’s blessing be yours,
     And well spend you your lives,
     Each day that you rise up,
     Each night that you lie down.
                           The Celtic Vision

Peace Be With You... And Also With You... Let Us Pray.

Quotes from Today’s Lectionary,  October 14, 2020

The Word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittal: “Go to the great city of Ninevah and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”  But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.  He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port.  After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.              Jonah 1: 1-3

After the men had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourself this damage and loss.  But now I urge you to keep up your courage because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.  Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, “Do not be afraid, Paul.”           Acts 27: 21-24  

(When Jesus called the Twelve, ) He told them: “Take nothing on your journey---no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic.  Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town.  If the people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them.”           Luke 9:3-5

Holy Women Holy Men:   

Joseph Schereschewsky ( 1831- 1906 ) with heroic perseverance translated the Bible into Mandarin and Wenli.

Joseph traveled a unique religious journey.  Born in Lithuania of Jewish parents, he immigrated to America and entered the Presbyterian theological seminary in Pittsburgh 1854, was ordained an Episcopalian priest, then heard the call for missionaries and went to Shanghai  living in Peking from 1862-1875.

While there,  Joseph translated the Bible and parts of the Book of Common Prayer into Mandarin.  Also, Joseph was elected Bishop of Shanghai 1877 and established St. John’s University there.  Even though stricken by paralysis, he continued his translations knowing his call from God.

He is buried in Aoyama Cemetery Tokyo next to his  wife, his constant supporter through labor and illness.

Here is a Collect in honor of Joseph Schereschewsky:
O God, in your providence you called Joseph Schereschewsky from his home in Eastern Europe to the ministry of this Church, and sent him as a missionary to China, upholding him in his infirmity, that he might translate the Holy Scriptures into languages of that land.  Lead us, we pray, to commit our lives and talents to you, in the confidence that when you give your servants any work to do, you also supply the strength to do it: through  Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen
                                                                                                                        Information taken from Holy Women Holy Men, Church Publishing Inc. 2010

Let us continue our worship by saying The Lord’s Prayer.

Take a moment or two to meditate on the following petitions: 

     We take the light of our prayer into the World.
     To pray for those unable to pray; to offer ourselves as answers to prayer.
     We take the light of God’s compassion into the World.
     To come along side those who are oppressed and suffering, may we be as Christ for them.

     We take the light of God’s power into the World.
     God’s strength made perfect in weakness.       

Sun of Righteousness, so gloriously risen, shine in our hearts as we celebrate our redemption, that we may see your way to our eternal home, where you reign, one holy and undivided Trinity, now and forever.  Amen

The following  is a Night Prayer in the Celtic Tradition for the end of our day October 14th:

        The Celts believed always in the near presence of the apostles and the Holy Family. 
        This is an early prayer underlying this trust for    these holy ones are our companions in the home and workplace.
                          We will raise the hearth-fire
                          As Mary would,
                          The encirclement of Bride and of Mary
                          On the fire, and on the floor,

                          And on the threshold all.




                                               The Celtic Way by Ian Bradley                  
The peace and the love of the Trinity to each of you; we gratefully appreciate your participation in our Celtic Evening Prayer…
Peace in Christ...Susan

 The Evening Prayer Service is based on the prayers of the Iona Abbey Worship, Iona being the island off the west  coast of Scotland,
  a place of ancient Celtic Spirituality and a cradle of Christianity in Scotland. 

  The service on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm is attended by faithful Christians seeking a mid-week spiritual   devotion and usually 
  numbers between 4 and 9 participants.  It is 20 minutes of quiet  prayer, the three daily  Lectionary readings plus Psalm, a homily
  of the "Saint for the Day" listed in Holy Women Holy Men, and Prayer  Requests.
  The service is followed by fellowship in the Parish Hall.  We enjoy conversation and refreshments.

  Please join us for evening Prayer on Wednesday nights.  It is an excellent discipline no matter the season of the
  Church calendar

Who are they on the bare floor?
John and Peter and Paul.
Who are they by our beds?
The lovely Bride and her Fosterling.
Who are those watching over our sleep?
The fair loving Mary and her Lamb.