Heritage Week

This year the church will not be open to visitors during Heritage Week. Instead a short documentary has been produced by Patricia Butler, Scott Golden and others. The video is based on Patricia’s book “Nun’s Cross Church and its Treasures” and will be advertised on the Heritage Week’s website. It will be posted on the Parish YouTube channel.

Glyphosate

Glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) are used widely in herbicides in forestry, agriculture, verge ‘management’ along roadsides and in parks etc and in residential properties. GBHs are non-selective, broad-spectrum, highly effective and have been commonly used since the mid-1970s. Users are often told they are ‘inert’ once they hit the soil. One of the best-known herbicides of which glyphosate is the key ingredient is Roundup. Until recently, little evidence of its long-term impacts was available. In the US, a man who developed cancer after spraying Roundup for several years was the centre of a huge compensation claim. In British Columbia, GBHs have been used on a huge scale in the forestry industry. Recent research there has shown that residues have been found to persist for up to 12 years, particularly in root tissue; additionally, glyphosate persists in the soil. Understorey species are also affected. Although edible fruits contained lower levels than shoots and roots one year after treatment, concentrations in both raspberry and blueberry fruits were above levels fit for human consumption. Wicklow County Council has signed up to a biodiversity charter, yet it has sprayed many roadside verges over the past year; blackberry pickers beware. We would all be well-advised to reduce any unnecessary use of GBHS.

28 July 2021 Evening Prayer

 

Topic: Evening Prayer 28 July

Time: Jul 28, 2021 07:30 PM

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Wednesday 28 July 2021: Evening Prayer

 

GREETING

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

 

SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

cf 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

 

INVITATION TO WORSHIP

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

Let us praise and worship God who has called us together.

Let us celebrate God’s majesty,

and delight in the wonder of God’s love.

Together we shall confess our sins

and receive assurance that we are forgiven

 

As the scriptures are read,

we can allow God’s word to speak to us,

and ponder its meaning for our lives.

In our prayers, we give thanks for God’s goodness.

We pray for others as well as for ourselves,

and we offer our lives anew in Christ’s service.

 

All this we do,

because we believe in the presence among us

of our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and in the mighty power of the Holy Spirit.

 

ADORATION

Great is the Lord and worthy of all praise.

 

Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom,

thanksgiving and honour, power and might

be to our God for ever and ever!

 

CANTICLE: Great and Wonderful (said)                Revelation 15: 3,4 and 5: 13b

1   Great and wonderful are your deeds Lord God, the Almighty: 

just and true are your ways O King of  the nations.

2   Who shall not revere and praise your name O Lord? 

for you alone are holy.

3   All nations shall come and worship in your presence: 

for your just dealings have been revealed.

4   To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb 

be praise and honour, glory and might,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

 

 

CONFESSION

Here these words of scripture.

 

Love on another,

for love is of God,

and whoever loves is born of God and knows God.

Spirit of God, search our hearts.

 

Let us in silence remember our need for God’s forgiveness.

 

Silence

 

Let us confess our sins to God.

 

God of mercy,

we have sinned against you and against others.

We have sinned in what we have done,

and in what we have failed to do.

We are truly sorry.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

who died for our sins,

Forgive us all that is past

and raise us to newness of life. Amen.

 

ABSOLUTION

Almighty God, who pardons all who truly repent,

forgive your sins, strengthen you by the Holy Spirit,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesu Christ our Redeemer. Amen.

 

THE WORD OF GOD

Psalm 111

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, ♦︎

in the company of the faithful and in the congregation.

The works of the Lord are great, ♦

sought out by all who delight in them.

His work is full of majesty and honour ♦︎

and his righteousness endures for ever.

He appointed a memorial for his marvellous deeds; ♦︎  

the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

He gave food to those who feared him; ♦︎

he is ever mindful of his covenant.

He showed his people the power of his works ♦︎

in giving them the heritage of the nations.

The works of his hands are truth and justice; ♦︎

all his commandments are sure.

They stand fast for ever and ever; ♦︎

they are done in truth and equity.

He sent redemption to his people;

he commanded his covenant for ever; ♦︎

holy and awesome is his name.

 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

a good understanding have those who live by it; ♦︎

his praise endures for ever.’

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now,

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Mark 6: 35-44

When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.’ But he answered them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said to him, ‘Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?’ And he said to them, ‘How many loaves have you? Go and see.’ When they had found out, they said, ‘Five, and two fish.’ Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.

 

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

Thanks be to God.

 

ADDRESS

 

Silence for Meditation

 

 

Canticle: The Song of Isaiah                             Isaiah 12: 1-6 (said)

Surely God is my salvation;

I will trust, and will not be afraid.

for the Lord God is my strength and my might;

he has become my salvation.

With joy you will draw water from the wells of  salvation.

And you will say in that day:

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;

Make known his deeds among the nations;

proclaim that his name is exalted.

Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;

let this be known in all the earth.

Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,

for great in your midst is the Holy One of  Israel.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now,

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

 

 

 

PRAYERS

Let us pray to God the Father,

who has reconciled to himself all things in Christ.

 

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins,

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.

 

Make your ways known upon earth, O God,

your saving power among all peoples.

 

Renew your Church in holiness,

and help us to serve you with joy.

 

Let not the needy, O God, be forgotten,

nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

 

Make us instruments of your peace,

and let your glory be over all the earth.

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

For peace among the nations,

that God may rid the world of violence

and let peoples grow in justice and harmony…

God of love

hear our prayer.

 

For those who serve in public office,

that they may work for the common good…

God of love

hear our prayer.

 

For Christian people everywhere,

that we may joyfully proclaim

and live our faith in Jesus Christ…

God of love

hear our prayer.

 

For those who suffer from hunger, sickness or loneliness,

that the presence of Christ

may bring them health and wholeness…

God of love

hear our prayer.

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING

Gracious God,

we thank you that you are always with us,

in the bad times as well as the good,

the difficult as well as the easy,

the sad as well as the happy.

Lord of all hopefulness,

hear our prayer.

 

We thank you that, though we have sometimes

been unsure of the way ahead,

you have always been there to guide us,

though we have felt discouraged,

you have offered us fresh inspiration,

though we have been in despair,

you have given us hope.

Lord of all hopefulness,

hear our prayer.

 

We thank you for the assurance this brings us

that your steadfast love never ceases,

that your mercies are new every morning,

that great is your faithfulness.

Lord of all hopefulness,

hear our prayer.

 

May that conviction give us confidence in the days ahead,

so that whatever problems we face,

whatever disappointments we experience,

whatever sorrows may befall us,

we will still find reason to look forward,

reason to believe in the future,

and reason to hope.

Lord of all hopefulness,

hear our prayer,

in the name of Christ. Amen.

 

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Blessed are you, O Lord,

and blessed are those who observe and keep your law:

Help us to seek you with our whole heart,

to delight in your commandments

and to walk in the glorious liberty

given us by your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

EVENING COLLECT

Gracious God,

you have given us much today;

grant us also a thankful spirit.

Into your hands we commend ourselves and those we love.

Be with us still, and when we take our rest

renew us for the service of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

In darkness and in light,

in trouble and in joy,

Help us, heavenly Father,

to trust your love,

to serve your purpose,

and to praise your name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Let us commend ourselves,

and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God. Amen.

 

BLESSING

May the God of peace,

who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ,

the great Shepherd of the sheep,

by the blood of the eternal covenant,

make us perfect in all goodness, so that we may do his will,

and may he make of us what he would have us be,

through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for  ever and ever!

Amen.

 

SALUTATION

Go now to love and serve the Lord. Go in peace.

Amen. We go in the name of Christ.

 

 

Late Evening Office 21 July 2021

Time: Jul 21, 2021 07:30 PM London

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A LATE EVENING OFFICE – Wednesday 21st July 2021

 

Blessed be our God for all time, now and for evermore.  Amen

Glory to you, our God, glory be to you, Holy Spirit, Comforter, treasure of all goodness and giver of life, come and dwell in us, cleanse us from all sin, and in your love bring us to salvation.

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

 

Psalm 115 – Praise of the Lord’s love and faithfulness.

Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Why do the nations say, Where is their God?”
Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.
But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell.
They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk,
    nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.

All you Israelites, trust in the Lord — he is their help and shield.
10 House of Aaron, trust in the Lord — he is their help and shield.
11 You who fear him, trust in the Lord — he is their help and shield.

12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless his people Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron,13 he will bless those who fear the Lord — small and great alike.

14 May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to mankind. 17 It is not the dead who praise the Lord, those who go down to the place of silence; 18 It is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore. Praise the Lord.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever, Amen.

 

 

Reading – Luke 15 1 – 7 – The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

 

Meditation.

Reflection – The King of Love my Shepherd is.  The King of love my shepherd is, whose goodness faileth never, I nothing lack if I am his, and he is mine for ever. Perverse and foolish oft I strayed, but yet in love he sought me, and on his shoulder gently laid, and home, rejoicing, brought me. And so through all the length of days, thy goodness faileth never; Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise within thy house for ever.   Prayers – Let us pray to the Lord with all our heart and with all our soul.Lord have mercy

 

Let us pray for all Christian people, that they may live in love and truth.        Lord have mercy

Let us pray for all ministers of the Church, and for our brothers and sisters in Christ          Lord have mercy

 

Let us pray for peace throughout the world, and for all governments.                   Lord have mercy

Let us pray for our neighbours and for all our friends. Lord have mercy

Let us pray for those who hate us as we pray for those who love us.              Lord have mercy

Let us pray for refugees and prisoners, and for all who are exposed to the dangers of travel.                        Lord have mercy

Let us pray for all sick people, for the sorrowful and the dying.                         Lord have mercy

Let us pray for the abundance of the fruits of the earth, and that the poor and hungry may receive a just share.                                                                                                          Lord have mercy

Let us remember our brothers and sisters who have entered eternal rest.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.  

Let us continue praying in silence                             Silence is kept

Lord, in your mercy                              hear our prayer

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. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Common Collect – Lord Almighty, come and scatter the darkness of our hearts by the light of your presence: that we may know you, the Light of the world and the one true God, blessed this night and for evermore. Amen

 

Blessing – May the Almighty and merciful God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us this night.  Amen.

Evening Prayer 7th July 2021

 

 

 

Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: Jul 7, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Evening Prayer

7  July, 2021.

 

Preparation

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Psalm 85:6,7,9-11,13

O God, will you not give us life again,

that your people may rejoice in you.

Show us your mercy, O Lord,

and grant us your salvation.

Truly, his salvation is near to those who fear him,

that his glory may dwell in our land.

Mercy and truth are met together,

righteousness and truth have kissed each other;

Truth shall spring up from the earth

and righteousness look down from heaven.

Righteousness shall go before him

and direct his steps in the way.

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Opening prayer

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful, let us pray with one heart and mind.

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God, so may your mercy come down upon us to cleanse our hearts and set us free to sing your praise now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

The word of God

St. John7:1-6

After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jews were looking for an opportunity to kill him. Now the Jewish festival of Booths was near. So his brothers said to him, ‘Leave here and go to Judea so that your disciples also may see the works you are doing; for no one who wants to be widely known acts in secret. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.’ (For not even his brothers believed in him.) Jesus said to them, ‘My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil. Go to the festival yourselves. I am not going to this festival, for my time has not yet fully come.’ After saying this, he remained in Galilee.

Address

 

Canticle: Magnificat

My soul doth magnify the Lord.

And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his handmaiden: For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him: throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel:

As he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

Setting by George Dyson

 

 

Prayers of intercession

Prayers may be offered:

for peace

for individuals & their needs

for all who work in hospitality

for all who work in health care

for victims and perpetrators of crime

for the work of aid agencies throughout the world

for those living in poverty or under oppression

Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end: bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

 

The Conclusion

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Cleaning Products

A stroll along the cleaning aisles in a supermarket will reveal a staggering
array of different products, each with the aim of cleaning specific areas in
our homes or our bodies. Some of them have two attendant environmental
consequences attached: most are packaged in plastic while many are filled
with chemicals that can affect both our health and the receiving
environment. A glance at the contents can reveal a worrying number of
toxic ingredients. Bleach is particularly harmful as, once mixed with water
and washed down the drain, it can cause dioxins to be released, which are
carcinogenic. Initially, smaller niche-market shops started selling ecofriendly products but now some supermarkets do too, due to consumer
demand. Examples to reduce plastic include bamboo toothbrushes, soap
instead of shower gel, bars of shampoo soap and deodorant, washing
powder in cardboard boxes (as they used to be) and, most importantly,
buy fewer cleaning products. Our forebears used simpler cleaning agents,
that were kinder to both humans and the environment – soap and water;
white vinegar; bicarbonate of soda. The addition of lemon juice or essential
oils can add a pleasant smell.

Intern Deacon

Wicklow & Killiskey parishes look forward to welcoming Alexander Aquilla
Chisnall as an Intern Deacon, commencing in September 2021. Alistair is
marrying Hannah Moore in August in their home parish of Crinken. During
his final year of college he will spend time in the parishes assisting with
worship and experiencing parish life as an ordained minister. He will also
be writing a dissertation for his MTh degree. We pray that Alexander and
Hannah may be blessed by their time with us and prove a blessing to the
parishioners and clergy.

A Late Evening Office 30th June 2021

Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: Jun 30, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Blessed be our God for all time, now and for evermore. Amen.

Glory to you, our God, glory be to you, Holy Spirit, Comforter, treasure of all goodness and giver of life, come and dwell in us, cleanse us from all sin, and in your love bring us to salvation.

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

 

Psalm 67 – With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us
so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity
and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you

The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever, Amen.

 

Reading – Mark 9 v 14 – 29 – Jesus Heals a Boy Possessed by an Impure Spirit

14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.

17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me”. So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” 23 “‘If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer”

 

Meditation.

Reflection – Heal us, Emmanuel Heal us, Emmanuel! we are here, waiting to feel thy touch: Deep-wounded souls to thee repair, and Saviour, we are such. Our faith is feeble, we confess, we faintly trust thy Word: But wilt thou pity us the less? Be that far from Thee, Lord!  Remember him who once applied, with trembling for relief: “Lord, I believe” with tears he cried, “O help my unbelief!” She too, who touched Thee in the press, and healing virtue stole, Was answered “Daughter, go in peace; thy faith hath made thee whole”.  Like her, with hopes and fears we come, to touch Thee, if we may: Send us not despairing home, send none unhealed away.  

 

Prayers

Almighty and ever living God, we ask you to hear the prayers we offer in faith.

For the peace that comes from God alone, for the unity of all peoples, and for our salvation

Let us pray to the Lord                        Lord, have mercy

For the Church of Christ, for Michael our Bishop, for Neal our Archdeacon, for Rev Jack and Rev Ken and all the people of God,

Let us pray to the Lord                        Lord, have mercy

For the nations of the world, for our government and all in authority,

Let us pray to the Lord                        Lord, have mercy

For this country, for our church community, for our neighbours and our friends,

Let us pray to the Lord                        Lord, have mercy

For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it,

Let us pray to the Lord                        Lord, have mercy

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, for the sick and suffering and for all in need of God’s healing touch at this time,

Let us pray to the Lord                        Lord, have mercy

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them,

Let us pray to the Lord                        Lord, have mercy

For the dying, for those who mourn, for the faithful whom we entrust to the Lord in hope, as we look forward to the day when we share the fulness of the resurrection.

Let us pray to the Lord                        Lord, have mercy

Let us continue praying in a time of open prayer.

A period of open prayer follows.

Lord, in your mercy                hear our prayer

We sum up all our prayers in the words Jesus himself taught us –

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. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Common Collect – Lord Almighty, come and scatter the darkness of our hearts by the light of your presence: that we may know you the light of the World and the one true God, blessed this night and for evermore. Amen

 

A Thanksgiving – Let us give thanks to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

For the love of our Father, the maker of all, the giver of all good things,

Let us bless the Lord                           Thanks be to God.

For Jesus Christ our Saviour, who lived and worked among us,

Let us bless the Lord                           Thanks be to God.

For his suffering and death on the cross and his resurrection to new life,

Let us bless the Lord                           Thanks be to God.

For his rule over all things and his presence in the world,

Let us bless the Lord                           Thanks be to God.

For the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who teaches us and guides us,

Let us bless the Lord                           Thanks be to God.

For the grace of the Spirit in the work of the Church and the life of the world,

Let us bless the Lord                           Thanks be to God.

We go into the world

To walk in God’s light, to rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory.

 

 

Dismissal and Blessing

Loving God, draw near to all through Jesus Christ. Grant the peace of your presence, the healing of your touch, the blessing of your guidance and the assurance of your constant love so that all who are weary may walk in hope and look forward in faith, Lord of life, renew their strength and refresh their spirits.

May the Almighty and merciful God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us this night.  Amen.

Evening Prayer 23 June 2021

Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: Jun 23, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Evening Prayer

23  June, 2021.

 

Preparation

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

I love you, O Lord my strength.

The Lord is my crag, my fortress and my deliverer.

In my distress I called upon the Lord

and cried out to my God for help.

He heard my voice in his temple

and my cry came to his ears.

He parted the heavens and came down

and thick darkness was under his feet.

He rode upon the cherubim and flew;

he came flying on the wings of the wind.

He made darkness his covering round about him,

dark waters and thick clouds his pavilion.

From the brightness of his presence, through the clouds

burst hailstones and coals of fire.

The Lord also thundered out of heaven;

the Most High uttered his voice with hailstones and coals of fire.

For you will save a lowly people

and bring down the high looks of the proud.

You also shall light my candle;

the Lord my God shall make my darkness to be bright.

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried in the fire;

he is a shield to all who trust in him.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Opening prayer

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful, let us pray with one heart and mind.

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God, so may your mercy come down upon us to cleanse our hearts and set us free to sing your praise now and for ever.

 

The word of God

St. Mark 6:45-52

Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

When evening came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the lake. He intended to pass them by. But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

 

Address

 

Canticle: Magnificat

My soul doth magnify the Lord.

And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For he hath regarded: the lowliness of his handmaiden: For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him: throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel:

As he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

Setting by George Dyson

 

Prayers of intercession

Prayers may be offered:

for peace

for individuals & their needs

for the social services

for all who work in the criminal justice system

for victims and perpetrators of crime

for the work of aid agencies throughout the world

for those living in poverty or under oppression

Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end: bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

 

The Conclusion

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.