Walter Rauschenbusch, Washington Gladden and Jacob Riis: Prophetic Witnesses, 1918, 1918, 1914

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The Collect: 

Rite I:
Loving God, who dost call us to do justice and love kindness: we offer thanks for the witness of Walter Rauschenbusch, Washington Gladden and Jacob Riis, reformers of society; and we pray that, following their examples of faithfulness to the Gospel, we may be ever mindful of the suffering of those who are poor and work diligently for the reform of our communities; through Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II:
Loving God, you call us to do justice and love kindness: we thank you for the witness of Walter Rauschenbusch, Washington Gladden and Jacob Riis, reformers of society; and we pray that, following their examples of faithfulness to the Gospel, we may be ever mindful of the suffering of those who are poor and work diligently for the reform of our communities; through Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
Isaiah 46:8-11

8 Remember this and consider,
   recall it to mind, you transgressors,
9   remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
   I am God, and there is no one like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
   and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My purpose shall stand,
   and I will fulfil my intention’,
11 calling a bird of prey from the east,
   the man for my purpose from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
   I have planned, and I will do it.

Psalm: 
Psalm 72:12-17

12 For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, *
       and the oppressed who has no helper.
13 He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; *
       he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14 He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, *
       and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15 Long may he live!
   and may there be given to him gold from Arabia; *
       may prayer be made for him always,
       and may they bless him all the day long.
16 May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
   growing thick even on the hilltops; *
       may its fruit flourish like Lebanon,
       and its grain like grass upon the earth.
17 May his Name remain for ever
   and be established as long as the sun endures; *
       may all the nations bless themselves in him and
                              call him blessed.

Epistle: 
James 2:14-18

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill’, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith.

Gospel: 
Matthew 7:7-12

‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? 10Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? 11If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

12 ‘In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

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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