Evening prayer – 14th April 2021

Topic: Evening Prayer

Time: Apr 14, 2021 07:30 PM Etc/GMT-1

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 EVENING PRAYER – Wednesday 14th April 2021

The Gathering of God’s People

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all

and also with you.


Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!


We have come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving,

to hear and receive God’s holy word, to seek the forgiveness of our sins,

and to pray for the needs of the world, that by the power of the Holy Spirit

we may give ourselves to the service of God.


O Lord, open our lips,                                                 and our mouth will proclaim your praise.


Let us worship the Lord.                                             All praise to his name.


Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation, to you be glory and praise for ever.
In the darkness of our sin you have shone in our hearts
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Open our eyes to acknowledge your presence, that freed from the misery of sin and shame
we may grow into your likeness from glory to glory.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.             Blessed be God for ever.




Compassion and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God, though we have rebelled against him.

Daniel 9: 9

Let us then renounce our wilfulness and ask his mercy by confessing our sins in penitence and faith.


O God, our loving Father in heaven, we confess that we have sinned against you;

we have broken your commandments; we have often been selfish,

and we have not loved you as we should.

For these, and all our sins, forgive us, we pray: through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.


All –  May the God of love bring us back to himself, forgive us our sins,

and assure us of his eternal love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Your word is a lantern to my feet,                 and a light upon our path.   Psalm 119:105


O Lord, your word is everlasting,                   it stands firm for ever in the heavens.  Psalm 119:89


Let us then receive the word of the Lord,      so may the light of your presence shine into our hearts.


Proclaiming and Receiving the Word

Psalm 135: 1 – 14                   Praise for God’s Goodness and Might

Alleluia, Praise the name of the Lord; give praise, you servants of the Lord,
you that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; make music to his name, for it is lovely.
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself and Israel for his own possession.


For I know that the Lord is great and that our Lord is above all gods.
6 The Lord does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and in all the deeps.
He brings up the clouds from the ends of the earth; he makes lightning with the rain and brings the winds out of his treasuries,

He smote the firstborn of Egypt, the firstborn of man and beast,

he sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 He smote many nations and slew mighty kings—

11 Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
12 He gave their land as a heritage, a heritage for Israel his people,


13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever, and shall be remembered through all generations,
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people, and have compassion on his servants.


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.


Gospel Reading – A reading from Mark chapter 12 beginning at verse 18.


The Question about the Resurrection

18 Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children; 21 and the second married the widow and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; 22 none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died. 23 In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her.”

24 Jesus said to them, “Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.”

This is the word of the Lord.                                       Thanks be to God.


The Sermon


Music – Spirit of God, unseen as the wind, gentle as is the dove.  

Chorus – Spirit of God, unseen as the wind, gentle as is the dove;
teach us the truth and help us believe, show us the Saviour’s love!

  1. You spoke to us long, long ago, gave us the written word;
    we read it still, needing its truth, through it God’s voice is heard. Chorus
  2. Without your help we fail our Lord, we cannot live His way;
    we need Your power, we need Your strength, following Christ each day. Chorus


The Apostles’ Creed

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, who made the world?

I believe and trust in him

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ,who redeemed mankind?

I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God?

I believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith, we believe and trust in One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


The Prayers of the People

Let us pray to God, who alone makes us dwell in safety:

For all who are in need of God’s healing balm at this time, those affected by the corona virus, through illness, isolation or anxiety, that they may find healing, relief and recovery:

Lord, hear us.                                      Lord, graciously hear us.

For those who are guiding our nation at this time, and shaping national policies for health and economics, that they may make wise decisions, in the interest of all in their care:

Lord, hear us.                                      Lord, graciously hear us.

For doctors, nurses, medical researchers and all involved in the vaccine programme, that through their skill and insights many will be restored to health and loved ones,

Lord, hear us,                                      Lord, graciously hear us.

For the vulnerable and the fearful, for the gravely ill and the dying, for those who are in the raw stages of grief, that they may know your comfort and your peace:

Lord, hear us,                                      Lord, graciously hear us.


Silent Prayer – for those known to us who are in need of prayer at this time …..

Eyes of Jesus look upon them, Hands of Jesus hold them,

Arms of Jesus enfold them, Feet of Jesus guide them,

Heart of Jesus pour your love upon them. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer – Gathering our prayers and praises into one, we are bold to 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.


Going Out as God’s People


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 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. Amen.



The Dismissal

We go into the world to walk in God’s light, to rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory.



The Blessing

Whoever you are, wherever you go, whatever your strengths, whatever your weaknesses,

God will be with you to hold, to heal, to guide and to bless.

Go then, in peace, assured of his love

And may the Almighty and Merciful Lord – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless us and keep us.                          Amen.