19th July 2020

Celtic Evening Prayer




St. Paul’s Church, Forebridge, STAFFORD, ST17 4Lj.

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Celtic Evening Prayer Sunday 19th July


Opening responses

            I will light a light in the name of the Maker
who lit the world, and breathed the breath of life for me

              A candle is lit

All:         Alleluia


              I will light a light in the name of the Son
who saved the world, and stretched out his hand to me

              A candle is lit

All:         Alleluia


              I will light a light in the name of the Spirit
who encompasses the world and blessed my soul with yearning

              A candle is lit

All:         Alleluia


All:         God kindle in my heart within
a flame of love to my neighbour,
to my foe, to my friend, to my kindred all,
from the lowliest thing that lives,
to the Name that is highest of all.



              The Father is always present

All:         Forgive us for not reflecting your faithfulness

              The son is always self-giving

All:         Forgive us for living for ourselves

              The Spirit is always leading us on

All:         Forgive us for holding back


              Spirit of the crucified and risen Christ
as lamps light up the evening
shine into our hearts and kindle in us
the fire of your love.
Christ is the light of the world.

All:         A light that no darkness will quench.


Reading: Acts 4: 1-22

While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand.

The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, ‘By what power or by what name did you do this?’ Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ‘Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. 11 This Jesus is

“the stone that was rejected by you, the builders;
    it has become the cornerstone.”

12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.’

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. 14 When they saw the man who had been cured standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. 15 So they ordered them to leave the council while they discussed the matter with one another. 16 They said, ‘What will we do with them? For it is obvious to all who live in Jerusalem that a notable sign has been done through them; we cannot deny it. 17 But to keep it from spreading further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.’ 18 So they called them and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, ‘Whether it is right in God’s sight to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge; 20 for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.’ 21 After threatening them again, they let them go, finding no way to punish them because of the people, for all of them praised God for what had happened. 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing had been performed was more than forty years old.


All sing:

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true heir;
Thou in me dwelling, and I in thy care.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.


Reading: Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54 When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55 and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

Reflection by Revd Alison

All sing:

With Mary let my soul rejoice,
and praise God's holy name -

his saving love from first to last,

from age to age the same!


How strong his arm, how great his power!

the proud he will disown;

the meek and humble he exalts

to share his glorious throne.


The rich our God will send away

and feed the hungry poor;

the arms of love remain outstretched

at mercy's open door.


So shall God's promise be fulfilled,

to Israel firmly made:

a child is born, a Son is given

whose crown will never fade.


All glory to the Father, Son

and Spirit now proclaim.
With Mary let the world rejoice
and praise God’s holy name.



            O God beyond us, lead us forward to pray

All:      O God beyond us, lead us forward to pray
O God beside us, teach us gently to pray

All:      O God beside us, teach us gently to pray
O God within us, still our hearts to pray

All:      O God within us, still our hearts to pray


A circle prayer:

Circle us, Lord
Circle us with the light of your presence, bright within this dark world
Enable us to be overcomers of fear and temptation
Enable us to be victors over sin and despair
Enable us to become that which you would desire

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation
Circle us with the light of your presence

Circle us, Lord
Circle our families and friends within the shelter of your outstretched arms
Protect them in each moment of their daily lives
Protect them in the decisions that they face
Protect their homes and relationships

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation
Circle our families with the light of your presence

Circle us, Lord
Circle this nation with love and healing
Create a desire to listen to God’s loving word
Create a willingness to understand and respond
Create a need to reach out to Jesus our Saviour

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation
Circle our nation with the light of your presence

Circle us, Lord
Circle this world with the joy of your Salvation
Where there is sickness and disease bring healing
Where there is hunger and despair bring hope
Where there is torture and oppression bring release

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation
Circle this world with the light of your presence 


              O God beyond us, give us faith

All:         O God beyond us, give us faith
O Christ beside us, give us peace

All:         O Christ beside us, give us peace
O Spirit within us, give us life

All:         O Spirit within us, give us life



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.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory

for ever and ever.





All sing:

We shall go out with hope of resurrection;
we shall go out, from strength to strength go on;
we shall go out and tell our stories boldly;
tales of a love that will not let us go.
We'll sing our songs of wrongs that can be righted;
we'll dream our dream of hurts that can be healed;
we'll weave a cloth of all the world united
within the vision of new life who sets us free.

We'll give a voice to those who have not spoken;
we'll find the words for those whose lips are sealed;
we'll make the tunes for those who sing no longer,
expressive love alive in every heart.
We'll share our joy with those who are still weeping,
raise hymns of strength for hearts that break in grief,
we'll leap and dance the resurrection story
including all in circles of our love.





May the guiding hands of God be on my shoulders,

may the presence of the Holy Spirit be on my head,

may the sign of Christ be on my forehead,

may the voice of the Holy Spirit be in my ears,

may the smell of the Holy Spirit be in my nose,

may the sight of the company of heaven be in my eyes,

may the speech of the company of heaven be in my mouth,

may the work of the church of God be in my hands,

may the serving of God and my neighbour be in my feet,

may God make my heart his home,

and may I belong to God, my Father, completely.



This night and every night

grant to us light

This night and every night

grant to us peace

This night and every night

grant to us rest

This night and every night

grant to us grace

This night and every night

grant to us joy


The love of the Risen Christ be with us as we sleep

the love that knows no bounds

the love of grace and joy

bring us to a new day that we can greet as a new birth.


All:         Deep peace of the setting sun
deep peace of the forgiving heart
deep peace of the loving Christ
be ours tonight and forever.


May our Lord Jesus Christ

be near you to defend you,

within you to refresh you,

around you to preserve you,

before you to guide you,

behind you to justify you,

above you to bless you,

who lives and reigns

with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.