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Wednesday Evening Compline 22 July

Topic: Wednesday Evening Compline 22 July

Time: Jul 22, 2020 07:30 PM Dublin

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MARY MAGDALENE, 22 JULY 2020: 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
O heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth,
Who are in all places and fill all things;
Treasurer of blessings and Giver of life,
come and dwell within us,
and cleanse us from every blemish,
and save our souls, O Blessed One.
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on 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.
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.
CONFESSION
A prayerful examination of the past day may be undertaken after which the following words of penitence are 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.
O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us;
O Lord, cleanse us of our sins.
O Master, forgive our transgressions;
O Holy One, come to us and heal our infirmities for
your name’s sake.
THE WORD OF GOD
PSALM
Psalm 63
Refrain: My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God.
1 O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you;
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my soul is athirst for you.
2 My flesh also faints for you,
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as in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.
3 So would I gaze upon you in your holy place,
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that I might behold your power and your glory.
4 Your loving
-kindness is better than life itself
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and so my lips shall praise you.
5 I will bless you as long as I live
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and lift up my hands in your name.
My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God.
6 My soul shall be satisfied, as with marrow and fatness,
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and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,
7 When I remember you upon my bed
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and meditate on you in the watches of the night.
8 For you have been my helper
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and under the shadow of your wings will I rejoice.
9 My soul clings to you;
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your right hand shall hold me fast.
My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God.
10 But those who seek my soul to destroy it
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shall go down to the depths of the earth;
11 Let them fall by the edge of the sword
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and become a portion for jackals.
12 But the king shall rejoice in God;
all those who swear by him shall be glad,
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for the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.
My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God.
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
Mark 15: 40 – 16: 8
There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the
mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when
he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.
When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph
of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom
of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead;
and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. When he learned
from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and
taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock.
He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw
where the body was laid.
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.
ADDRESS
RESPONSORY
Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
For thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.
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.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. 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.
THANKSGIVING
Every night I will bless you,
and I will praise your name for ever.
You have been our refuge in generation and generation.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.
For in you is the fountain of light:
in your light shall we see light.
PRAYER FOR PROTECTION
O God,
who at all times and at every hour,
in heaven and on earth,
are worshipped and glorified,
who are long suffering, plenteous in mercy, most compassionate,
who love the righteous and have mercy on sinners,
who call all to salvation
:
Receive, O Lord our prayers at this hour, And guide our life toward your commandments.
Sanctify our souls, Make chaste our bodies
,
Set aright our minds, Cleanse our thoughts, And deliver us from every sorrow, evil and pain.
Encompass us with your holy angels, So that guarded and guided by their watch, We may attain to the unity of the faith And to the knowledge of your ineffable glory
,
for you are blessed for ever. Amen.
COLLECTS
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
bring us to the dwelling which thy Son is preparing
for all who love thee:
give us the will each day to live in life eternal;
let our citizenship be in heaven with the blessed,
with the whole company of the redeemed
and with countless angels,
praising, worshipping and adoring thy Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who sitest upon the throne for ever and ever. Amen.
Lord God,
thou hast surrounded us with so great a cloud of witnesses.
Grant that we, encouraged by their example, may persevere
in the course that is set before us and, at the last,
share in thy eternal joy with all the saints in light,
through Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
THE ENDING
DISMISSAL
We will lay us down
in peaceand 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 the light of Christ, the King of all,
shine ever brighter in our hearts,
that with all the saints in light
we may shine forth as lights in the world. Amen.

Evening Prayer 15th July

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Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: Jul 15, 2020 07:30 PM London

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WEDNESDAY 15 JULY. EVENING PRAYER
GREETING
The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with you
And also with you.
PREPARATION
Faithful God, who is known in Trinity: Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit, we come before you now in worship and
praise and thanksgiving. Open our hearts to receive you,
our minds to learn of you, and our lips to praise you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PENITENCE
Christ the light of the world has come to dispel the
darkness. Together, let us confess our sins.
Silence is kept for one minute
Let us admit to God the sin which always confronts us:
Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done
evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have
mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our
wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a
right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your
salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the God of love and power forgive you and free
your from your sins, heal and strengthen you by the
Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.
Amen.
VERSICLES AND RESPONSES
O Lord, we call to you: come to us quickly.
Hear us when we cry to you.
Let our prayers rise up before you like incense.
Let our lifted hands be like an evening sacrifice.
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.
THE WORD OF GOD
A READING
St Matthew 11:25-27
At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of
heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things
from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them
to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious
will. All things have been handed over to me by my
Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and
no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to
whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
ADDRESS
CANTICLE
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
Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
PRAISE
Blessed are you, Lord God, King of the universe.
To you be glory and praise for ever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting your name is
proclaimed in all the world.
To you be glory and praise for ever.
When the times had fully come you sent the Sun of
Righteousness.
In him the fullness of your glory dwells. To you be
glory and praise for ever.
PRAYERS
We pray to the Lord: in faith we pray.
We pray to you our God.
Silence is kept for one minute
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
O Lord, from whom all good things come: Grant to us
your humble servant, that, by your holy inspiration we
may think those things that be good, and by your
merciful guiding may perform the same; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
SENDING OUT
Jesus Christ is the light of the world:
a light no darkness can quench.
Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening:
and the day is almost over.
The darkness is not dark to you:
The night is as bright as the day.
Let your light scatter the darkness:
and fill your church with your glory. Amen

 

Evening Prayer 1st July

Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: Jul 1, 2020 07:30 PM London

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WEDNESDAY 1 JULY. EVENING PRAYER
GREETING
The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with you
And also with you.
PREPARATION
Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by
sending us your Holy Spirit, and made known to every
race and nation the way of eternal life; open our lips by
your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PENITENCE
Christ the light of the world has come to dispel the
darkness. Together, let us confess our sins.
Silence is kept for one minute
Let us admit to God the sin which always confronts us:
Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done
evil in your sight. We are sorry and repent. Have
mercy on us according to your love. Wash away our
wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin. Renew a
right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your
salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the God of love and power forgive you and free
your from your sins, heal and strengthen you by the
Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.
Amen.
VERSICLES AND RESPONSES
O Lord, we call to you: come to us quickly.
Hear us when we cry to you.
Let our prayers rise up before you like incense.
Let our lifted hands be like an evening sacrifice.
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.
THE WORD OF GOD
A READING
St Mark 8:28-34
When he came to the other side, to the country of the
Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met
him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that
way. Suddenly they shouted, ‘What have you to do with
us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us
before the time?’ Now a large herd of swine was feeding
at some distance from them. The demons begged him, ‘If
you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.’ And he
said to them, ‘Go!’ So they came out and entered the
swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the
steep bank into the lake and perished in the water. The
swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told
the whole story about what had happened to the
demoniacs. Then the whole town came out to meet
Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave
their neighbourhood.
ADDRESS
ANTHEM
Hear my prayer, O Lord
Hear my prayer, O Lord: and let my crying come
unto thee.
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
PRAISE
Blessed are you, Lord God, King of the universe.
To you be glory and praise for ever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting your name is
proclaimed in all the world.
To you be glory and praise for ever.
When the times had fully come you sent the Sun of
Righteousness.
In him the fullness of your glory dwells. To you be
glory and praise for ever.
PRAYERS
We pray to the Lord: in faith we pray.
We pray to you our God.
Silence is kept for one minute
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
O Lord, from whom all good things come: Grant to us
your humble servant, that, by your holy inspiration we
may think those things that be good, and by your
merciful guiding may perform the same; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
SENDING OUT
Jesus Christ is the light of the world:
a light no darkness can quench.
Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening:
and the day is almost over.
The darkness is not dark to you:
The night is as bright as the day.
Let your light scatter the darkness:
and fill your church with your glory. Amen.

 

Evening Prayer Wednesday 8 July

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Killiskey Parish
Sunday 3rd May 2020 @ 11.00am
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Preparation
GREETING
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Through him you have come to trust in God,
who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,
so that your faith and hope are set on God.
1 Peter 1: 3, 21
OPENING PRAYER
Lord Jesus Christ,
risen from death to life in the Father’s love,
raise us to share in the new life,
that we may know your presence among us now,
and serve you in the power of the Spirit. Amen.
Opening Hymn: CH336 “Jesus, where’re thy people meet” (vs. 1, 2, 4 and 5)
Jesus, where’er thy people meet,
there they behold thy mercy seat;
where’er they seek thee, thou art found,
and every place is hallowed ground.
For thou, within no walls confined,
inhabitest the humble mind;
such ever bring thee where they come,
and going, take thee to their home.
Here may we prove the power of prayer
to strengthen faith and sweeten care,
to teach our faint desires to rise,
and bring all heaven before our eyes.
Lord, we are few, but thou art near;
nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear;
O rend the heavens, come quickly down,
and make a thousand hearts thine own.
William Cowper (1731-1800)
CONFESSION
‘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.”’ John 20:19
In this Easter season we bring our fears and failings to the risen Christ:
When we are faced with a challenge, but retreat into old attitudes …
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
When we allow past hurts to undermine our present relationships …
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
When we face difficult times but fail to trust in your loving purposes …
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
When we look inwards to our selfish concerns rather than outwards to a world in need …
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
When we are agents of gloom rather than messengers of hope …
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
May Almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins
and bring us to everlasting life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
JUBILATE: Psalm 100
1 O shout to the Lord in triumph | all the | earth;
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his | face with | songs of | joy.
2 Know that the Lord | he is | God;
it is he who has made us and we are his
we are his | people · and the | sheep of · his | pasture.
3 Come into his gates with thanksgiving
and into his | courts with | praise;
give thanks to him and | bless his | holy | name.
4 For the Lord is good
his loving mercy | is for | ever,
his faithfulness through|out all | gener|ations.
Glory to the Father, and | to the | Son,
and | to the | Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be|ginning, is | now,
and shall be for | ever. | A|men.
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
Let us pray that we may experience transformation in our own lives:
Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:
Raise us, who trust in him,
from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,
that we may seek those things which are above,
where he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Ministry of the Word
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Send your Holy Spirit upon us,
that your Word may take root
in the secret places of our hearts
and bear much fruit to your glory. Amen.
The First Reading: Acts 2: 42-47
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to
prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the
believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to
anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread
in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all
the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
The Psalm: T&P 147 “The Lord’s my shepherd”
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want;
He makes me lie in pastures green.
He leads me by the still, still waters,
his goodness restores my soul.
And I will trust in you alone,
And I will trust in you alone,
For your endless mercy follows me,
your goodness will lead me home.
He guides my ways in righteousness,
and he anoints my head with oil,
and my cup, it overflows with joy,
I feast on his pure delights.
And though I walk the darkest path,
I will not fear the evil one,
for you are with me, and your rod and staff
are the comfort I need to know.
Stuart Townend (b.1963)
based on Psalm 23
The Second Reading: 1 Peter 2: 19-25
For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious
of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you
suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called,
because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead,
he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that
we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were
like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Hymn before the Gospel : CH644 “Faithful Shepherd, feed me”
Faithful Shepherd, feed me
in the pastures green;
faithful Shepherd, lead me
where thy steps are seen.
Hold me fast, and guide me
in the narrow way;
so, with thee beside me,
I shall never stray.
Daily bring me nearer
to the heavenly shore;
may my faith grow clearer,
may I love thee more:
Hallow every pleasure,
every joy and pain;
be thyself my treasure,
though none else I gain.
Day by day prepare me
as thou see is best,
then let angels bear me
to thy promised rest.
Thomas B. Pollock (1836-96) altd.
The Gospel: John 10: 1-10
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by
some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The
gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and
leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him
because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him
because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did
not understand what he was telling them.
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before
me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through
me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill
and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
THE SERMON
COLLECT OF THE WORD
God of all power,
you called from death our Lord Jesus,
the great shepherd of the sheep;
send us as shepherds to rescue the lost, to heal the injured,
and to feed one another with understanding;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Responding
ACCLAMATION OF FAITH
Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried; he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers, and to all the apostles:
this we have received,
and this we believe. 1 Corinthians 15: 3-7
This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
INTERCESSIONS
Our loving Father in heaven, as we recall the change that came over the disciples when they met the risen
Christ on that first Easter Day, we pray for the renewal of faith, hope and love among your people today:
We pray for our fellow human beings living in fear of persecution and violence …
Strengthen their hope that peace and justice will prevail.
Guide our President Michael D and the leaders of the nations.
At Easter, Lord,
renew our hope in your victory over evil.
We pray for those who, like Thomas, struggle with doubts and hard questions …
Make yourself known to them through the good news that Christ is alive, and through the witness of his
followers.
At Easter, Lord,
renew us by your Spirit.
We pray for those who, like the disciples, are burdened by guilt, failure or grief …
Give them a fresh awareness of Christ’s love and forgiveness.
At Easter, Lord,
renew our joy in your amazing grace.
We pray for all who are sent into the world to bear witness to Christ;
for bishop Michael, for ministers and missionaries …
Lead us by your Holy Spirit into new ways of serving you.
At Easter, Lord,
renew our commitment to your service.
We pray for those who are ill or frail …
Grant them healing and encouragement.
At Easter, Lord,
renew our trust in your fatherly care.
We remember those who have died …
We join with all Christians in lifting our voices
to proclaim the living Christ as
our Lord and our God. Amen.
PRAYERS ABOUT THE CURRENT CRISIS
Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold.
In your will, comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GENERAL COLLECT
Heavenly Father,
in whom we live and move and have our being:
We humbly pray that your Holy Spirit
may so guide and govern us
that in all the cares and occupations of our daily life,
we may never forget your presence
but may remember that we are always walking in your sight,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Let us sum up our prayers and praises in the words our Saviour Christ has taught us and say:
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 for ever. Amen.
Going out as God’s People
Closing Hymn: CH593 “O Jesus, I have promised” (vs. 1-4)
Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end;
be thou forever near me,
my Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
if thou art by my side,
nor wander from the pathway
if thou wilt be my guide.
O let me feel thee near me!
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
the tempting sounds I hear;
my foes are ever near me,
around me and within;
but Jesus, draw thou nearer,
and shield my soul from sin.
O let me hear thee speaking
in accents clear and still,
above the storms of passion,
the murmurs of self will.
O speak to reassure me,
to hasten or control;
O speak and make me listen,
thou guardian of my soul.
O Jesus, thou hast promised
to all who follow thee,
that where thou art in glory
there shall thy servant be;
and, Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow,
my Master and my Friend.
DISMISSAL PRAYER
May the road rise up to meet us.
May the wind be always at our backs.
May the sun shine warm upon our faces;
the rains fall soft upon our fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold us in the palm of his hand. Amen.
BLESSING
God the Father,
by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen you to walk with him in 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. Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

Re-Opening Of Nun’s Cross Church

Details of the re-opening plan have been posted to the website and on Facebook. It
has also been sent by email to those who receive newsletters. If you would like a
copy, please ask Rev Ken.
Sunday Services are now returning to Nun’s Cross church. They will be recorded
and posted on Facebook so that those who are unsure about coming back to church
as yet may view them online.
The Wednesday evening service, held jointly with Wicklow Parish, will continue to
ben held online via zoom. A link is provided in advance on the parish website,
together with the service leaflet.
If you would like service leaflets delivered to you either by email or to your home,
please contact Rev Ken

Church Review

The July/August edition of the Church Review will be published online. Lesley Rue
will organise to send these out by email. If you don’t have email, please let her
know (087-2810478) and she will organise a printed copy to be delivered to your
home. The September edition will revert to being printed.

Water Storage And Preservation

The incredibly dry and often sunny weather experienced since early March allowed
many in Lockdown to appreciate the joy of gardening. For some, it was an
extension of their normal spring-time ritual, for others it was a newly acquired
activity. The satisfaction of watching flowers grown from seed come into bloom
and of eating one’s own produce cannot be overestimated and it is hoped that
people new to gardening will continue this practice in future years. Seedlings,
however, need water. Rainwater can be collected from house, garage and shed
rooves. This prevents excessive use of water, from wells or mains, and also
rainwater is often better for plants than tap water. Many predict longer, drier and
hotter summers in the future due to climate change, so water collection will
become increasingly important. So, too, will water preservation. When running a
tap for hot water, the cold water can be saved into watering cans; ditto unused
jugs of table water, water bottles etc. Water saved in basins from showers can be
used to wash clothes, then to flush toilets or water flowers. Water saving sounds
extreme to some, but will become a way of life if wells run dry and mains supplies
are interrupted, as happened in the 2018 drought.