A Late Evening Office 13 October 2021

Topic: A Late Evening Office 13 October 2021

Time: Oct 13, 2021 07:30 PM

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WEDNESDAY 13 OCTOBER 2021: A LATE EVENING OFFICE

 

PREPARATION

OPENING PRAYER

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.

 

RESPONSORY

Holy God, holy and strong,

holy and immortal,

have mercy on us.

 

THE WORD OF GOD

PSALM

Psalm 39

I said, ‘I will keep watch over my ways, ♦︎

so that I offend not with my tongue.

‘I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, ♦︎

   while the wicked are in my sight.’

So I held my tongue and said nothing; ♦︎

I kept silent but to no avail.

My distress increased, my heart grew hot within me; ♦︎

   while I mused, the fire was kindled

      and I spoke out with my tongue:

‘Lord, let me know my end and the number of my days, ♦︎

that I may know how short my time is.

‘You have made my days but a handsbreadth,

      and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight; ♦︎

   truly, even those who stand upright are but a breath.

‘We walk about like a shadow

and in vain we are in turmoil; ♦︎

we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.

‘And now, what is my hope? ♦︎

   Truly my hope is even in you.

‘Deliver me from all my transgressions ♦︎

and do not make me the taunt of the fool.’

I fell silent and did not open my mouth, ♦︎

   for surely it was your doing.

Take away your plague from me; ♦︎

I am consumed by the blows of your hand.

With rebukes for sin you punish us;

like a moth you consume our beauty; ♦︎

   truly, everyone is but a breath.

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; ♦︎

hold not your peace at my tears.

For I am but a stranger with you, ♦︎

   a wayfarer, as all my forebears were.

Turn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again, ♦︎

before I go my way and am no more.

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.

 

 

A READING

Luke 16: 19-31

‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.” He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.” Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.” He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” ’.

 

MEDITATION

A period of meditation on the reading follows.

 

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE

NUNC DIMITTIS        The Song of Simeon  Luke 2: 29-32

1 Now, Lord, you let your servant | go in | peace: ■

your | word has | been ful|filled.

2 My own eyes have | seen the · sal|vation ■

which you have prepared in the | sight of | every | people.

3 A light to re|veal you · to the | nations ■

and the | glory · of your | people | 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.

 

PRAYER

INTERCESSIONS

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 into eternal rest.

Pause to name those on our minds and hearts

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

 

OPEN PRAYER

Let us continue praying in a time of open prayer.

A period of open prayer follows.

 

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.

COLLECTS

Visit, O Lord, we pray,

our homes, 

and drive away all the snares of the enemy;

may your holy angels dwell herein

and guard us in peace; 

and may your blessing be always upon us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Lord Jesus Christ,

you have given your followers

an example of gentleness and humility,

a task that is easy, a burden that is light.

Accept the prayers and work of this day,

and give us the rest that will strengthen us

to render more faithful service to you

who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

 

THE LORD’S 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.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil. 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.

 

THE ENDING

DISMISSAL

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

BLESSING

May the Almighty and merciful God,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

bless us and keep us. Amen.

ALL SAINTS by Christina Rosetti

As grains of sand, as stars, as drops of dew,

Numbered and treasured by the Almighty Hand,

The Saints triumphant throng that holy land

Where all things and Jerusalem are new.

We know not half they sing or half they do.

But this we know, they rest and understand;

While like a conflagration freshly fanned

Their love glows upward, outward, thro’ and thro’.

Lo! Like a stream of incense launched on flame

Fresh Saints stream up from death to life above,

To shine among those others and rejoice:

What matters tribulation whence they came?

All love and only love can find a voice

Where God makes glad His Saints, for God is love.

Synods

The General Synod will take place online on 30th September, 1st and 2nd October. Revd Jack, Revd Ken and Scott Golden are members.

 

The Diocesan Synods are also happening online on Wednesday 6th October. The Wicklow parish lay representatives will be Lynn Glanville, Penny Phillips and Jonathon Patton and the Killiskey parish lay representatives will be Scott Golden and Sally Smith. They will be joined by Rev Jack and Rev Ken.

 

Please remember these important decision-making meetings in your prayers.

 

Eco-Congregation Ireland

We send our congratulations to Whitechurch Parish and Canon Horace McKinley who have received the Eco-Congregation’s Gold Award. Killiskey Parish played a small part in this as Whitechurch needed to demonstrate that it was mentoring another parish and Killiskey was delighted to receive advice from that source. Stella Mew and Revd Ken Rue were pleased to attend and play minor roles in the Award Ceremony on 13th September.

 

As part of the plan to become an accredited Eco Congregation, the Select Vestry has decided to proceed with a wildflower garden. The siting of this has yet to be determined.

Celebrating Nature And The Great Outdoors

We’ve all enjoyed an exceptionally warm September, ensuring we could spend more time outdoors, with all the health benefits that bestows. Few could fail to have noticed how spectacular and prolific the bright red rowan berries are this year, brightening up parklands, gardens and rural areas alike. Taking time to appreciate autumnal colours, from wonderful floral displays to the gradually changing hues of trees is such a joy. And how bounteous the blackberries have been! Larder shelves are heavy with pots of blackberry jams and jellies, while many happy folk have dined on good, old-fashioned and totally delicious apple and blackberry crumble. As October beckons and air temperatures fall (and rain returns!), hopefully we will still all manage to get out and enjoy nature’s beauty. Whether one likes slow rambles or vigorous walks, gentle cycle rides or fast, head-down bike races, the great outdoors has so much to offer. And on our doorstep in Wicklow we are blessed with such a rich variety of habitats – mountains, lowlands, woods, seashore: something to suit us all. Enjoy!

Ashford Christmas Market

Ashford Christmas Market is in the course of being planned for the afternoon of Saturday 4th December by the parish. It is expected to take place in Ashford Community and Heritage Centre. It will consist of various stalls, including a cake stall, and the provision of teas, coffees and tray-bakes. If you can help by baking cakes and making tray bakes, that would be much appreciated.

 

A joint Raffle is being planned with Ashford Parish with excellent prizes n offer.

 

Killiskey Parish finances have been seriously impacted by the lack of the Ashford Country Fair in 2020 and 2021. Your support for this fund-raising activity would be much appreciated.

The Hub

Thanks to the efforts of the wonderful band of volunteers and of the Tús worker, The Hub has never been busier. If you have not visited recently, please do drop in and see the wide range of clothes, gifts and books on display.

Lifting Restrictions

We await firm guidance from the Diocesan Office on the lifting of restrictions. At the time of writing, it seems possible that after 22nd October we will re-commence the singing of hymns, the use of prayer and hymn books. Confirmation services are now possible and Wicklow & Killiskey awaits a date. Christmas services may continue to be organised as they were last year with online booking to allow for restricted numbers.