Celtic Evening Prayer Sunday 18th October

 

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

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††††††††††††† 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

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††††††††††††† 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.

 

Lamentation

††††††††††††† 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.
Amen

 

Reading: Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and do not forget all his benefitsó
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live[
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    so that your youth is renewed like the eagleís.

The Lord works vindication
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far he removes our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion for his children,
    so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
14 For he knows how we were made;
    he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for mortals, their days are like grass;
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
    on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to childrenís children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.

19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    obedient to his spoken word.
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers that do his will.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

 

 

All sing:
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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 soulís Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor manís 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 Heavenís joys, O bright Heavenís Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

 

Reading: Isaiah 61: 1-6

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
    because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
    to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
    and release to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the Lordís favour,
    and the day of vengeance of our God;
    to comfort all who mourn;
to provide for those who mourn in Zionó
    to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
    the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.
They shall build up the ancient ruins,
    they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
    the devastations of many generations.

Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
    foreigners shall till your land and dress your vines;
but you shall be called priests of the Lord,
    you shall be named ministers of our God;
you shall enjoy the wealth of the nations,
    and in their riches you shall glory.

 

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 Godís holy name.

 

Prayers

††††††††††† 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 the Godís 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 

 

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††††††††††††† 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 Lordís 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.

Amen.

 

 

All sing:

I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship,
should stoop to love the peoples of the earth,
or why, as Shepherd, he should seek the wandírer,
with his mysterious promise of new birth.
But this I know, that he was born of Mary
when Bethl'em's manger was his only home,
and that he lived at Nazareth and laboured,
and so the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is come.

I cannot tell how silently he suffered,
as with his peace he graced this place of tears,
or how his heart upon the cross was broken,
the crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, he heals the broken-hearted
and stays our sin and calms our lurking fear
and lifts the burden from the heavy laden;
for yet the Saviour, Saviour of the world is here.

I cannot tell how he will win the nations,
how he will claim his earthly heritage,
how satisfy the needs and aspirations
of east and west, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know, all flesh shall see his glory,
and he shall reap the harvest he has sown,
and some glad day his sun will shine in splendour
when he the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is known.

I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
when at his bidding every storm is stilled,
or who can say how great the jubilation
when every heart with love and joy is filled.
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture,
and myriad myriad human voices sing,
and earth to heav'n, and heav'n to earth, will answer,
'at last the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is King!'

 

Prayer:

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.

Amen

 

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.

Amen