Evening Prayer 14 July

Topic: Evening Prayer 14 July

Time: Jul 14, 2021 07:30 PM

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Wednesday 14 July 2021: Evening Prayer

GREETING
Let us worship God.
O Lord, open thou our lips.
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.

SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE
In everything make your requests known to God in prayer and petition with thanksgiving.
Philippians 4: 6

ADORATION
Blessed are you, Lord God, our Father, for ever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the
power, the glory and the victory and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and the earth is yours.
Yours is the Kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. And now we thank you, our
God, and praise your glorious name.

CONFESSION
Let us in silence examine ourselves before Almighty God.
After a period of silence the Minister says:
Let us humbly confess our sins.
Gracious God, our loving heavenly Father, we confess to you and in the sight of the whole company
of heaven that we have deeply sinned by what we have thought and said and done. We know our
transgression and our sin is ever before us. Hide your face from our sins, we pray and blot out our
iniquities.
Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world.
Have mercy on us.
You take away the sin of the world.
Receive our prayer.

HYMN CH560: “Alone with none but thee, my God” (adapted)
Alone with none but thee, my God,
I journey on my way:
what need I fear when thou art near,
O King of night and day?
More safe am I within thy hand,
than if a host should round me stand.
The child of God can fear no ill,
his chosen, dread no foe;
’tis not from chance our comfort springs,
thou art our trust, O King of kings.
My destined time is fixed by thee,
and death doth know his hour;
did warriors strong around me throng,
they could not stay his power:
No walls of stone can man defend
when thou thy messenger dost send.My life I yield to thy decree,
and bow to thy control
in peaceful calm, for from thine arm
no power can wrest my soul:
could earthly omens e’er appal
a man that heeds the heavenly call?
Attrib. Columba (c.520-597)

THE WORD OF GOD
Psalm 142
I cry aloud to the Lord; ♦︎
to the Lord I make my supplication.
I pour out my complaint before him ♦︎
and tell him of my trouble.
When my spirit faints within me, you know my path; ♦︎
in the way wherein I walk have they laid a snare for me.
I look to my right hand, and find no one who knows me; ♦︎
I have no place to flee to, and no one cares for my soul.
I cry out to you, O Lord, and say: ♦︎
‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.
‘Listen to my cry, for I am brought very low; ♦︎
save me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.
‘Bring my soul out of prison,
that I may give thanks to your name; ♦︎
when you have dealt bountifully with me,
then shall the righteous gather around me.’
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.
Luke 7: 31-35
‘To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children
sitting in the market-place and calling to one another,
“We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not weep.”
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, “He has a demon”; the
Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of taxcollectors and sinners!” Nevertheless, wisdom is vindicated by all her children.’

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Let your gospel come to us not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit, and in great assurance;
that with humble, teachable, and obedient hearts we may receive what you have revealed and do always that
which you have commanded; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

ADDRESS
Silence for Meditation

PRAYERS
The Lord be with you
and also with you.
Let us pray.Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Our Father, who is in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
O Lord, show your mercy upon us;
and grant us your salvation.
O Lord, guide and defend our rulers;
and give them wisdom from above.
Endue your ministers with righteousness
and make your chosen people joyful.
O Lord, save your people
and bless your inheritance.
Give peace in our time, O Lord,
because there is none other that rules the world,
but only you, O God.
O God, make clean our hearts within us;
and take not your Holy Spirit from us.

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
Pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PRAYER OF THANSGIVING
Almighty and everlasting God: we give thanks unto you,
the Lord of heaven and earth and the Giver of all good things.
We bless you for the many gifts which you in your loving-kindness
bestow upon us day by day, for your watchful care over us, your children,
and your faithfulness that never wavers.
But most of all we thank you for the gift of your Son, your only beloved, our Saviour.
We praise you for his holy incarnation, his perfect life on earth among mankind,
his precious sufferings and death, his glorious resurrection and ascension,
and his continuing intercession and rule at your right hand.
We thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit,
for his work of grace in your Church and in our hearts
and for the promise of everlasting life.Fill us with love for you, who first loved us and enable us to offer ourselves,
all that we are and all that we have, in your service:
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Visit the company of your people with your grace, O God,
and fill us with the confidence that comes from your presence,
that in all things we may set the light of your compassion before people.
Grant that no one who is hungry may go without food at our hands,
none who is naked without clothing,
none who is thirsty without water,
none who is lonely without company,
none who is frightened without encouragement,
none who is bereaved without comfort,
none who is oppressed without justice,
none who walks in darkness apart from you without the kindly light of your gospel.
Let us never, O God, disgrace the name by which we are called. Amen.
Almighty God, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ went about doing good,
and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people:
Continue, we pray you, that his gracious work among us.
Cheer and heal the sick;
to doctors and nurses grant skill, sympathy and patience;
and send down your blessing on all who labour to prevent suffering
and to forward the purposes of love;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Our gracious Father, we praise and magnify your name
for all your saints and martyrs, who have confessed you in their lives
and remained faithful unto death.
Grant us also to follow them as they have followed Christ,
and finally with them to inherit the kingdom prepared for all those
who have remained steadfast in faith and obedient to your commands,
through the enabling power of Jesus Christ your Son,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be all glory for ever. Amen.

SALUTATION
Will you go forth to serve the Lord?
By the grace of God we will.
The Lord be with you.
The Lord bless you.

BENEDICTION
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

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.

 

Evening Prayer 26th May 2021

Topic: Evening Prayer

Time: May 26, 2021 07:30 PM Dublin

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A LATE EVENING OFFICE – Wednesday 26th May 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 104 v 24 – 36

24 O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there,
living things both small and great.

26 There go the ships and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

27 These all look to you to give them their food in due season;
28 when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand,                      they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul. 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 – John 20 v 19 – 23 – Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

 

Meditation.

Musical ReflectionDeep peace of the running wave to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you. Moon and stars pour their healing light on you. Deep peace of Christ, of Christ the light of the world to you.
Deep peace of Christ to you

 

PRAYERS – Let us pray:

For the Church and your people Lord, that they will serve you faithfully with humility, holiness and vision.

Lord of Peace                      Hear our prayer.

 

For our President and members of government and all world leaders,

that they will promote peace and justice, freedom and human well-being.

Lord of Peace                      Hear our prayer.

 

For those places in the world where food is scarce and poverty is common or life is dangerous, we pray that conditions will improve for all who struggle,

Lord of Peace                      Hear our prayer.

 

For our families and all who are close to us, that they will be protected from harm and guided in the right way.

Lord of Peace                      Hear our prayer.

 

For those who are ill or in pain; suffering at home or in hospital, for those undergoing treatment or tests, that they will be comforted and healed.

Lord of Peace                      Hear our prayer.

 

For those parted from someone they love, in recent times or in the distance past. May they be comforted in love, and lifted by hope in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord of Peace                      Hear our prayer.

 

Let us continue praying in silence                      (Silence is kept)

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER 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. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

 

A Prayer for Peace in the Land of the Holy One

God of creation and of re-creation, we call on you for the gift of peace in these times of sorrow and of devastation in the Land of The Holy One.
We bring before you all those who suffer and all those who respond to their cry for compassion and understanding, for dignity and justice.
We pray for those who are injured and maimed, whose families are ripped apart and whose homes and livelihoods are gone. Our prayer and our hope, Lord God are for the sound of harmony and the voice of humanity. We ask in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 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

Let us bless the Lord

Thanks be to God

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

Easter Vigil

There will be a recording of the Easter Vigil available on the Killiskey YouTube channel from 7pm on Saturday 3rd which will include scripture readings, prayers and solos (including one from Revd Jack Kinkead)

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Wicklow and Killiskey Parishes

 Easter Liturgy

 Saturday 3rd April 2021 via YouTube

 


The Service of Light

 

Candles are lit.

 

The Revd Ken Rue says

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

on this most holy night,

when our Lord Jesus Christ passed from death to life,

the Church invites her children throughout the world

to come together in vigil and prayer.

This is the Passover of the Lord.

We remember his death and resurrection

by hearing his word and celebrating his mysteries,

confident that we shall share his victory over death

and live with him for ever in God.

 

The new fire is kindled.

 

Let us pray.

 

Eternal God,

who made this most holy night

to shine with the brightness of your one true light:

set us aflame with the fire of your love,

and bring us to the radiance of your heavenly glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

May the light of Christ, rising in glory,

banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.

 

Robin Heather is handed the Easter candle. He enters the church building, followed by the Revd Ken Rue. They pause just inside the entrance.

 

Robin Heather raises the Easter Candle and intones

 

(At the Porch)

The light of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

 

(Midway up the aisle)

The light of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

 

(At the crossing)

The light of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

 

Revd Ken Rue: We listen to the Easter Proclamation

 

The Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) sung by Robin Heather

Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels!

O Universe, dance around God’s throne!

Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!

Sound the victorious trumpet of salvation!

 

Rejoice, O earth, in glory, revealing the splendour of your creation,

radiant in the brightness of your triumphant King!

Christ has conquered! Now his life and glory fill you!

Darkness vanishes for ever!

 

Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory!

The risen Saviour, our Lord of life, shines upon you!

Let all God’s people sing and shout for joy.

 

It is right and good that with hearts and minds and voices

we should praise you, Father almighty, the unseen God,

through your only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,

who has saved us by his death,

paid the price of Adam’s sin,

and reconciled us once again to you.

 

For this is the Passover feast,

when Christ, the true Lamb of God, is slain

whose blood consecrates the homes of all the faithful.

 

This is the night when you first saved our ancestors,

freeing Israel from her slavery

and leading her safely through the sea.

 

This is the night when Jesus Christ vanquished hell,

broke the chains of death

and rose triumphant from the grave.

 

This is the night when all who believe in him are freed from sin,

restored to grace and holiness,

and share the victory of Christ.

 

This is the night that gave us back what we had lost;

beyond our deepest dreams

you made even our sin a happy fault.

 

Most blessed of all nights!

Evil and hatred are put to flight and sin is washed away,

lost innocence regained, and mourning turned to joy.

 

Night truly blessed, when hatred is cast out,

peace and justice find a home, and heaven is joined to earth

and all creation reconciled to you.

 

Therefore, heavenly Father, in this our Easter joy

accept our sacrifice of praise, your Church’s solemn offering.

Grant that this Easter Candle may make our darkness light.

 

For Christ the morning star has risen in glory;

Christ is risen from the dead and his flame of love still burns within us!

Christ sheds his peaceful light on all the world!

Christ lives and reigns for ever and ever! Amen.

The Vigil

 

INTRODUCTION TO VIGIL READINGS

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

let us now listen attentively to the word of God,

recalling how he saved his people throughout history,

and in the fullness of time,

sent his own Son to be our Redeemer.

 

The First Reading read by Daniel Healy

Crossing the Red Sea

Exodus 14: 10-31; 15: 20-21

As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, ‘Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, “Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians”? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.’ But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.’

 

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.’

 

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.’ Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.’ So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

 

Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them:
‘Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.’

 

Hymn: Thanks & Praise 150 “There is a higher throne” sung by Scott Golden

There is a higher throne

than all this world has known,

where faithful ones from every tongue

will one day come.

Before the Son we’ll stand,

made faultless through the Lamb;

believing hearts find promised grace:

salvation comes.

 

Hear heaven’s voices sing;

their thunderous anthem rings

through emerald courts and sapphire skies.

their praises rise.

All glory, wisdom, power,

strength, thanks, and honour are

to God, our King who reigns on high

for evermore.

 

And there we’ll find our home,

our life before the throne;

we’ll honour Him in perfect song

where we belong.

He’ll wipe each tear-stained eye,

as thirst and hunger die;

the Lamb becomes our Shepherd King:

we’ll reign with Him.

Keith Getty (b. 1974)

and Kristin Getty (b. 1980)

 

Response: The Lord is my strength and my might.

He has become my salvation.

 

Collect: Lord God our redeemer,

who heard the cry of your people and sent your servant Moses to lead them out of slavery:

free us from the tyranny of sin and death and, by the leading of your Spirit,

bring us to our promised land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Psalm 114 read by Stephen and Sally Smith

1    When Israel came out of Egypt,  ♦

the house of Jacob from a people of a strange tongue,

2    Judah became his sanctuary,  ♦

Israel his dominion.

3    The sea saw that, and fled;  ♦

Jordan was driven back.

4    The mountains skipped like rams,  ♦

the little hills like young sheep.

5    What ailed you, O sea, that you fled?  ♦

O Jordan, that you were driven back?

6    You mountains, that you skipped like rams,  ♦

you little hills like young sheep?

7    Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,  ♦

at the presence of the God of Jacob,

8    Who turns the hard rock into a pool of water,  ♦

the flint-stone into a springing well.

 

Response: I will sing to the Lord,

who has triumphed gloriously.

 

Collect: Blessed are you, Lord, God of our salvation. You heard the agony of your people as they cried out from slavery and you gave Moses to lead them to a land flowing with milk and honey. Hear the cry of the enslaved and the homeless today and lead us through the turbulent sea of life to our true home with you, O Lord, our maker and redeemer. Amen.

THE EASTER ACCLAMATION

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

A joyful fanfare is played on the organ

 

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS (sung by Tim Hicks)

Revd Ken Rue: The lights are turned on as we prepare to praise God in the words of the

Gloria in Excelsis

 

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to God’s people on earth.

 

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father,

receive our prayer.

 

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.

 

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to God’s people on earth. Amen.

 

The Second Reading:  Read by Stella Mew

Dying and Rising with Christ

Romans 6: 3-11

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

Hymn: CH 247 “When I survey the wondrous cross” (vs 1, 2 and 4) sung by Patricia Butler

When I survey the wondrous cross

on which the Prince of Glory died;

my richest gain I count but loss,

and pour contempt on all my pride.

 

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,

save in the death of Christ, my God;

all the vain things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them to his blood.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,

that were an offering far too small;

love so amazing, so divine,

demands my soul, my life, my all.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

based on Galatians 6: 14;

Philippians 3: 7-8

 

Response: Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?

 

Revd Ken Rue: Let us pray that we may reign with the risen Christ in glory.

 

We keep silence for a few moments.

 

Collect: Lord of all life and power,

who through the mighty resurrection of your Son

overcame the old order of sin and death

to make all things new in him:

grant that we, being dead to sin

and alive to you in Jesus Christ,

may reign with him in glory;

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit

be praise and honour, glory and might,

now and in all eternity. Amen.

 

The Gospel Reading: Read by Revd Ken Rue

The Resurrection of Jesus

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.

Alleluia.

He has defeated the powers of death.

Alleluia.

Jesus turns our sorrow into dancing.

Alleluia.

He has the words of eternal life.

Alleluia.

 

Mark 16: 1-8

Hear the Gospel of our Saviour Christ according to St Mark, Chapter 16, beginning at verse 1

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

 

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’ So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

Collect: Blessed are you, sanctifier of time and space, maker of dancing quarks and ancient quasars, of energy and element, your saving love endures for ever; as your holy light pierces the cold darkness of death and chaos; may the glorious radiance of resurrection dispel the shadows in our lives and conform us more closely to your risen Christ, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour, praise and glory. Amen.

 

Hymn: Thanks & Praise 89 “This is the night of new beginnings” sung by Revd Jack Kinkead

This is the night of new beginnings.

This is the night when heaven meets earth.

This is the night filled with God’s glory,

promise of our new birth!

 

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your Church Gathered today.

 

This is the night Christ our Redeemer

rose from the grave triumphant and free,

leaving the tomb of evil and darkness,

empty for all to see.

 

Now will the fire kindled in darkness

burn to dispel the shadows of night.

Star of the morning, Jesus our Saviour,

you are the world’s true light!

 

Sing of the hope deeper than dying.

Sing of the power stronger than death.

Sing of the love endless as heaven,

dawning throughout the earth.

 

Into this world morning is breaking.

All of God’s people, lift up your voice.

Cry out with joy, tell out the story,

all of the earth rejoice!

Bernadette Farrell (b. 1957)

 

PRAYERS

On this holy night when Jesus Christ rose from the dead

and restored our life of grace

we turn to God our Father in prayer

asking for all our needs:

 

For all who believe in the Resurrection,

that through our sharing in the life of the Risen Lord,

this Easter may mark for us a new beginning in our life of faith.

Lord in your mercy

hear our prayer.

 

For peace in our world, that the peace promised by the Lord

will become a reality for all people.

Lord in your mercy

hear our prayer.

 

For all those baptised

that they may continue to grow in faith and love of God.

Lord in your mercy

hear our prayer.

 

That the people of every nation may come to share the joy of this night,

and that the Good News of the death and Resurrection of Christ

may gladden the hearts of all.

Lord in your mercy

hear our prayer.

 

That we may come to live forever in Christ

with those whose lifelong vigil for the Lord has ended

remembering that Christ has destroyed the power of death

and opened the gates of heaven to all.

Lord in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

 

God our Father,

as we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ your Son

we ask you to strengthen us in faith

that we may proclaim the pardon and peace you have given us.

We make this prayer through Jesus Christ

who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

 

Closing Hymn: CH 288 “Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son” sung by Scott Golden

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away
kept the folded grave-clothes, where Thy body lay:

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.

Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the Church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is nought without Thee: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through Thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.

The Dismissal

 

PEACE

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said,

Peace be with you. Then were they glad when they saw the Lord.

John 20: 19, 20

BLESSING

God the Father,

by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,

raise you up to walk with him in the newness of his risen life:

and the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

 

DISMISSAL

With the risen life of Christ within you, go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Tuesday in Holy Week

Topic: Tuesday in Holy Week
Time: Mar 30, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Opening Responses                                                         

We come to you to hear words …. Words full of meaning, rather than empty chatter

And to take them into our hearts

We come to you to learn what is important and to put to one side, the less important and the unnecessary

And to take it all into our hearts

We come to you to see your words, words of action

And to take the vision into our hearts

We come to you to feel your words, words of compassion, touching the core of our beings

And to take your touch into our hearts

 

The Collect for Tuesday in Holy Week

O God, who by the passion of your blessed Son, made an instrument of shameful death, to be for us the means of life: grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer pain and loss for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ: who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever Amen.

 

Psalm 71 verses 1 – 14 – A Prayer to God for help in old age.     

Appeal for help.

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of those who are evil       and cruel.

Confession that the Lord has always been his hope.

For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
I will ever praise you.
I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendour all day long.

Prayer for continual help in waning years.

Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
10 For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together.
11 They say, “God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him.” 12 Do not be far from me, my God; come quickly, God, to help me.
13 May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace.

 

Central confession of unfaltering hope.

 

14 As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and 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.

God’s Word to Us – John 12 verses 20 – 36                                    

20 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.

23 Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.

27 “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say — “Father, save me from this hour” No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people[a] to myself.” 33 He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

34 The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah[b] remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?”

35 Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”

 

Reflection

Music – The Servant King by Graham Kendrick                             

From heaven you came helpless babe, entered our world, your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve, and give Your life that we might live

This is our God, The Servant King, He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering, Of worship to The Servant King

There in the garden of tears, my heavy load he chose to bear
His heart with sorrow was torn, ‘Yet not My will but Yours, ‘ He said

This is our God, The Servant King, He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering, Of worship to The Servant King

Come see His hands and His feet, the scars that speak of sacrifice
Hands that flung stars into space, to cruel nails surrendered

This is our God, The Servant King, He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering, Of worship to The Servant King

The Prayers                                                                                                                                                                                                

The Greeks wanted to see Jesus….                 May we see Jesus….

May we open our eyes and look for him in the most unlikely of people and places…

To see him in the unlovely and the unlovable as well as the lovely…

Lord, we look to you for guidance                              Lead us forward in faith

 

The people did not really understand Jesus …                       we bring you our lack of faith…

our failure to follow and serve you ….                       Our refusal to trust your words…

Lord, we look to you for guidance                              Lead us forward in faith

 

Jesus’ soul was troubled…we pray for all tonight whose hearts, minds or souls are troubled..

the ill, the bereaved, the anxious…                those living in fear, those who fear the future

Lord, we look to you for guidance                              Lead us forward in faith

 

Jesus promises to draw all people to himself …

We remember those who have drawn us to Jesus …. drawn us to God…

Our parents, grandparents, teachers, ministers, youth leaders .…….

and we thank God for their faithfulness …..               Help us to be faithful too…

Lord, we look to you for guidance                              Lead us forward in faith

 

Jesus tells us to believe in the light…..           May we become children of light….

Following Jesus’ way in our daily lives….         By the power of the Holy Spirit…

Lord, we look to you for guidance                              Lead us forward in faith

 

A time of open Prayer………

As our Saviour Christ has taught us so we pray –

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

 

The Blessing for Passiontide and Holy Week

Christ draw you to himself and grant that you find in his cross, a sure ground for faith, a firm support for hope, and the assurance of sins forgiven: and the Blessing of God Almighty, The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.                      Amen

 

 

Easter

My mother woke us that Sunday –

her voice a bell proclaiming spring.

We rose diving into our clothes, newly bought.

We took turns standing before mirrors,

combing, staring at our new selves.

Sinless from forty days of desert,

sinless from good confessions,

we drove to church in a red pickup,

bright and red and waxed for the special occasion.

Clean, polished as apples,

the yellow-dressed girls in front with Mom and Dad;

the boys in back, our hair blowing free in the warming wind.

Winter gone away.

At Mass, the choir singing loud:

ragged notes from ragged angel’s voices;

ancient hymns sung in crooked Latin.

The priest, white robed, raised his palms toward God,

opened his mouth in awe: “Alleluia!”

The unspoken word of Lent let loose in flight.

Alleluia and incense rising,

my mother wiping her tears from words she’d heard;

my brother and I whispering names of statues

lining the walls of the church.

Bells ringing, Mass ending,

we running to the truck, shiny as shoes going dancing.

Dad driving us to see my grandmother.

There, at her house, I asked about the new word I’d heard: resurrection. “Death, death,” she said, her hands moving downward,

“the cross – that is death.”

And then she laughed: “The dead will rise.”

Her upturned palms moved skyward as she spoke.

“The dead will rise.”

She moved her hands toward me,

wrapped my face with touches, and laughed again.

The dead will rise.

 

Benjamin Alire Sáenz (1954 – )

Evening Prayer February 3rd

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Topic: Evening Prayer
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 GREETING

Welcome in the name of Christ. God’s grace, mercy, and peace be with you.

And also with you.

 PREPARATION

Through Christ let us offer our sacrifice of praise to God.

Let our lips proclaim his praise.

Let our prayers rise up before God like incense.

Let our lifted hands be like an evening sacrifice.

 PENITENCE

The divisions brought about by human sin and pride are matters of great sorrow for us all. Therefore let us confess our sins, and ask for God’s forgiveness and guidance

Silence is kept

 God be merciful and bless us, and make his face to shine upon us.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

May your ways be known on earth, your saving power to all nations.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

You, Lord, have made known your salvation, and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 The almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon and forgiveness of all our sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 VERSICLES AND RESPONSES

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouths shall proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

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.

Praise the Lord.

The Lord’s name be praised.

THE WORD OF GOD

 A READING

Romans 12:1-5

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.

ADDRESS

NUNC DIMITTIS

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace: according to thy word.

For mine eyes have seen thy salvation

which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

to be a light to lighten the Gentiles

and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Herbert Sumsion

PRAISE

God is light.

In God there is no darkness.

If we live in the light,

as God is in the light,

we have fellowship with one another

and the fellowship of Christ, who redeems us from sin.

 PRAYERS

 We pray to the Lord: in faith we pray.

We pray to you our God.

 Silence is kept

 That the rest of this day may be holy, peace full and full of your presence; in faith we pray.

We pray to you our God.

That we may hear and respond to your call to peace and justice; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

That you will sustain the faith and hope of those who are lonely, oppressed and anxious; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

 That you will strengthen us in your service, and fill our hearts with longing for your kingdom; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

God of mercy, you know us and love us and hear our prayer: keep us in the eternal fellowship of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

COLLECT

Creator God, who in the beginning commanded the light to shine out of darkness: We pray that the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief, shine into the hearts of all your people, and reveal the knowledge of your glory, in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 SENDING OUT

Heavenly Father, we share together the blessing of your presence.

Give us in this life knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Evening Prayer January 20th 2021

Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: Jan 20, 2021 07:30 PM Dublin

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 GREETING

Welcome in the name of Christ. God’s grace, mercy, and peace be with you.

And also with you.

 PREPARATION

Through Christ let us offer our sacrifice of praise to God.

Let our lips proclaim his praise.

Let our prayers rise up before God like incense.

Let our lifted hands be like an evening sacrifice.

 PENITENCE

The divisions brought about by human sin and pride are matters of great sorrow for us all. Therefore let us confess our sins, and ask for God’s forgiveness and guidance

Silence is kept

 God be merciful and bless us, and make his face to shine upon us.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

May your ways be known on earth, your saving power to all nations.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

You, Lord, have made known your salvation, and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 The almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon and forgiveness of all our sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 VERSICLES AND RESPONSES

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouths shall proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

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.

Praise the Lord.

The Lord’s name be praised.

THE WORD OF GOD

 A READING

St. Luke 18:15-17

People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’

ADDRESS

ANTHEM

O nata lux

O nata lux de lumine, Jesu redemptor saeculi,
Dignare clemens supplicum laudes precesque sumere.
Qui carne quondam contegi dignatus es pro perditis
Nos membra confer effici Tui beati corporis.

O Light born of Light, Jesus, redeemer of the world,
mercifully deign to accept the praises and prayers of your suppliants.
O you who once deigned to be hidden in flesh on behalf of the lost,
grant us to be made members of your blessed body.

PRAISE

God is light.

In God there is no darkness.

If we live in the light,

as God is in the light,

we have fellowship with one another

and the fellowship of Christ, who redeems us from sin.

 PRAYERS

 We pray to the Lord: in faith we pray.

We pray to you our God.

 Silence is kept

 That the rest of this day may be holy, peace full and full of your presence; in faith we pray.

We pray to you our God.

That we may hear and respond to your call to peace and justice; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

That you will sustain the faith and hope of those who are lonely, oppressed and anxious; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

 That you will strengthen us in your service, and fill our hearts with longing for your kingdom; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

God of mercy, you know us and love us and hear our prayer: keep us in the eternal fellowship of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

COLLECT

Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: Transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 SENDING OUT

Heavenly Father, we share together the blessing of your presence.

Give us in this life knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Wednesday 25th November Compline

Topic: Compline
Time: Nov 25, 2020 07:30 PM London

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WEDNESDAY 25th NOVEMBER: COMPLINE

 

PREPARATION

OPENING PRAYER

Stand

The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

 

A SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE

Brethren, be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist, steadfast in the faith.                                                                      1 Peter 5: 8, 9

 

VERSICLES AND RESPONSES

But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.

Thanks be to God.

 

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

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

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen.

 

Praise ye the Lord.

The Lord’s Name be praised.

 

THE WORD OF GOD

 

PSALM

Psalm 134

1 Behold now, praise the Lord, ■

all ye servant of the Lord.

2 Ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord ■

even in the courts of the house of our God.

3 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary ■

and praise the Lord.

4 The Lord that made heaven and earth ■

give thee blessing out of Zion.

 

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

as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

A READING

Ezekiel 33:10-20

Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said: ‘Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?’ Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel? And you, mortal, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not save them when they transgress; and as for the wickedness of the wicked, it shall not make them stumble when they turn from their wickedness; and the righteous shall not be able to live by their righteousness when they sin. Though I say to the righteous that they shall surely live, yet if they trust in their righteousness and commit iniquity, none of their righteous deeds shall be remembered; but in the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, though I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die’, yet if they turn from their sin and do what is lawful and right— if the wicked restore the pledge, give back what they have taken by robbery, and walk in the statutes of life, committing no iniquity—they shall surely live, they shall not die. None of the sins that they have committed shall be remembered against them; they have done what is lawful and right, they shall surely live.

Yet your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just’, when it is their own way that is not just. When the righteous turn from their righteousness, and commit iniquity, they shall die for it. And when the wicked turn from their wickedness, and do what is lawful and right, they shall live by it. Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, I will judge all of you according to your ways!

 

ADDRESS

 

RESPONSORY

Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.

 

HYMN

Before the ending of the day,

creator of the world, we pray

that thou with wonted love wouldst keep

thy watch around us while we sleep.

 

O let no evil dreams be near,

or phantoms of the night appear;

our ghostly enemy restrain,

lest aught of sin our bodies stain.

 

All praise be thine, O risen Lord,

from death to endless life restored;

whom with the Father, we adore,

and Holy Spirit, evermore. Amen.

 

 

VERSICLE AND RESPONSE

The following responsory may be said:

Keep me as the apple of an eye.

Hide me under the shadow of thy wings.

Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

 

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE

NUNC DIMITTIS

The Song of Simeon  Luke 2: 29-32    

1 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, ■

according to thy word.

2 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, ■

which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

3 To be a light to lighten the Gentiles ■

and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

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

as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

 

PRAYER

Let us pray.

 

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

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.

 

Blessed art thou, Lord God of our fathers,

to be praised and glorified above all for ever;

 

Let us bless the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Let us praise him and magnify him for ever.

 

Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of  heaven

to be praised and glorified above all for ever.

 

The Almighty and most merciful Lord guard us and give us his blessing.

Amen.

 

CONFESSION

 

A prayerful examination of the past day may be undertaken after which the following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

We confess to God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

That we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, Through our own

grievous fault. Wherefore we pray God to have mercy upon us.

Almighty God, have mercy upon us, Forgive us all our sins, Deliver us

from all evil, Confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, And bring us

to life everlasting; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The priest, when present, pronounces the absolution.

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant unto you pardon and remission of all your sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

VERSICLES AND RESPONSES

Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us

that thy people may rejoice in thee?

O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us

and grant us thy salvation.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin.

O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

O Lord, hear our prayer

and let our cry come unto thee.

Let us pray.

 

THE COLLECTS

Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, our homes,

and drive away all the snares of  the enemy;

Let thy holy angels dwell therein

to  preserve  us  in  peace;

and  may  thy  blessing  be  upon  us  evermore;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Almighty God,

as we stand at the foot of the cross of thy Son,

help us to see and know thy love for us,

so that in humility, love and joy

we may place at his feet

all that we have and all that we are;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

 

THE ENDING

 

DISMISSAL

We will lay us down in peace and take our rest.

For it is thou, Lord, only, that makest us dwell in safety.

 

The Lord be with you

and with thy spirit.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

BLESSING

May Christ, who heals us through his blood, bless us.

May he restore in us whatever is lacking in our faith

and set us at liberty to worship him in freedom

through our words and deeds. Amen.