Thomas Bray: Priest and Missionary, 1730

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
O God of compassion, who didst open the eyes of thy servant Thomas Bray to see the needs of the Church in the New World, and didst lead him to found societies to meet those needs: Make the Church in this land diligent at all times to propagate the Gospel among those who have not received it, and to promote the spread of Christian knowledge; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
O God of compassion, you opened the eyes of your servant Thomas Bray to see the needs of the Church in the New World, and led him to found societies to meet those needs: Make the Church in this land diligent at all times to propagate the Gospel among those who have not received it, and to promote the spread of Christian knowledge; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
Isaiah 52:7-10

7 How beautiful upon the mountains
   are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
   who announces salvation,
   who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’
8 Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices,
   together they sing for joy;
for in plain sight they see
   the return of the Lord to Zion.
9 Break forth together into singing,
   you ruins of Jerusalem;
for the Lord has comforted his people,
   he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has bared his holy arm
   before the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see
   the salvation of our God.

Psalm: 
Psalm 102:15-22 or 85:8–13

15 The nations shall fear your Name, O Lord, *
        and all the kings of the earth your glory.
16 For the Lord will build up Zion, *
       and his glory will appear.
17 He will look with favor on the prayer of the homeless; *
       he will not despise their plea.
18 Let this be written for a future generation, *
       so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord.
19 For the Lord looked down from his holy place on high; *
       from the heavens he beheld the earth;
20 That he might hear the groan of the captive *
       and set free those condemned to die;
21 That they may declare in Zion the Name of the Lord, *
       and his praise in Jerusalem;
22 When the peoples are gathered together, *
       and the kingdoms also, to serve the Lord.

or

8 I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, *
       for he is speaking peace to his faithful people
       and to those who turn their hearts to him.
9 Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
       that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth have met together; *
       righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
       and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed grant prosperity, *
       and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him, *
       and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.

Gospel: 
Luke 10:1-9

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”

The Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels readings are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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