(20 July 2014, 5 July 2015)
GRANT, O Lord, we beseech you, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by your governance, that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Kings 19:19-21; Psalm 84:8-12; 1 Peter 3:8-15a; Luke 5:1-11
Today’s readings show that when the world is peacefully working the way it should, the Church also prospers. Both the Old Testament and the Gospel readings depict times when the recruitment of ministers to serve in God’s mission goes unimpeded. After all, as the Psalm says, “better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” This does not mean that Christians should fear adverse conditions in the world – the Epistle encourages us not to be discourages when we suffer as innocents, as long as we don’t return evil for evil. Yet we can still pray for the world to be “so peaceably ordered” that the Church may serve God with joy and peace.