Evening Prayer 20th October 2021

Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: Oct 20, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Evening Prayer

20th October, 2021.



O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.


Psalm 75

We give thanks to you, O God, we give you thanks, for your name is near, as your wonderful deeds declare.

‘I will seize the appointed time; I, the Lord, will judge with equity.

‘Though the earth reels and all that dwell in her, it is I that hold her pillars steady.

‘To the boasters I say, “Boast no longer,” and to the wicked, “Do not lift up your horn.

‘ “Do not lift up your horn on high; do not speak with a stiff neck.”’

For neither from the east nor from the west, nor yet from the wilderness comes exaltation.

But God alone is judge; he puts down one and raises up another.

For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, well mixed and full of foaming wine.

He pours it out for all the wicked of the earth; they shall drink it, and drain the dregs.

But I will rejoice for ever and make music to the God of Jacob.

All the horns of the wicked will I break, but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.


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

1 Samuel 12:1-5, 19-25

Samuel said to all Israel, ‘I have listened to you in all that you have said to me, and have set a king over you. See, it is the king who leads you now; I am old and grey, but my sons are with you. I have led you from my youth until this day. Here I am; testify against me before the Lord and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me and I will restore it to you.’ They said, ‘You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from the hand of anyone.’ He said to them, ‘The Lord is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.’ And they said, ‘He is witness.’

All the people said to Samuel, ‘Pray to the Lord your God for your servants, so that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of demanding a king for ourselves.’ And Samuel said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart; and do not turn aside after useless things that cannot profit or save, for they are useless. For the Lord will not cast away his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself. Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. Only fear the Lord, and serve him faithfully with all your heart; for consider what great things he has done for you. But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.’




Anthem: Hear my prayer

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my crying come unto thee.


Setting by Henry Purcell



Prayers of intercession

Prayers may be offered:

for peace

for individuals & their needs

for all who work in food production and conservation

for all who work in education

for those who mourn the loss of a loved one, or the loss of a way of life

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.