Friday, June 17, 2022

Saturday prior to Proper 7


Sunday’s Hymn of the Day is Rise, Shine, You People (LSB #825). It tells how the Son of the Most High God has entered into human history and defeated the powers of evil. He brings us freedom, light, and life and healing. In response, we are to tell how the Father sent His son to save us and tell of the Son, who life and freedom gave us.

Rise, Shine, You People” was written by Ronald Klug after a colleague at Augsburg Publishing House requested that he write a hymn for the Epiphany season. This verse from Isaiah inspired the hymn. “It was published in a bulletin insert for the fourth Sunday in Epiphany (the first Sunday in February) in 1974. The gospel that day was Luke 4:21–30, where Jesus went to the synagogue with the people on the Sabbath and read the scroll from Isaiah 42: 'The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.' Or, in the words of the hymn, ‘Christ the Lord has entered our human story,’ and, evil is ‘reeling.’ So ‘rise, shine,’ celebrate, and hurl ‘your songs and prayers against the darkness.’” Of that line, Klug says:

I had in mind an image: I was staying at St. Augustine’s House, a Lutheran monastery near Oxford, Michigan, for Holy Week. The week ended with an Easter Vigil. We started in the chapel around 11:30 PM, and at midnight rang bells and declared ‘he is risen,’ then sang Easter hymns into the midnight. I remember the feeling of absurdity, the foolishness of the gospel, but also spiritual warfare, our hymns and prayers ‘hurled’ at the Evil One, like an inkpot!

(That reference is to the story about Martin Luther throwing an inkpot at the devil—and leaving a spot on the wall—while he was in hiding at Wartburg Castle in 1521–1522.)

Ronald Allan Klug was born in Milwaukee and studied at Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. He earned a BS in education in 1962. He taught, was a school principal and did graduate studies in English at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He then worked for two publishing houses, and in 1976 began teaching at the American School in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar. He became a freelance writer.

The tune, “WOJTKIEWIECZ,” is named for the composer. It was his family name, which was lost early in this century when an immigration official suggested it be changed to Wood![2]

Prayer for those involved in occult practices or afflicted by demons: O God, almighty Father, You told us through Your Son, "Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever You ask of the Father in My name, He will give it to you." He has commanded and encouraged us to pray in His name, "Ask, and you will receive," and has also said, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver You, and you shall glorify Me." We unworthy sinners, relying on these Your words and command, pray for Your mercy with such faith as we can muster. Graciously free [name] from all evil, and undo the work that Satan has done in [him/her], to the honor of Your name and the strengthening of the faith of believers; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.[3]

Prayer for Saturday of the Week of Pentecost 2: Lord God, you who are the source of all truth, wisdom, justice, and love, lead us through this time of worship and throughout this day of service to you. Help us constantly to rest our lives upon the eternal foundations of your love and presence. Save us from hast and confusion, from wrongful desire, and the net of evil. Through the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, enlighten, instruct, and guide us all the day long. In the Name of Jesus. Amen [4] -18 June, 2022

[1] Luther’s Seal, copyright © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

[3] Lutheran Service Book, © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

[4] Prayer of Saturday of the Week of Pentecost 2, For All the Saints, A Prayer Book For and By the Church, Vol. II ©1995 The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, Delhi, NY

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