Evening Prayer Saturday, 23rd May

EVENING PRAYER Saturday, 23rd May

Preparation

O God, make speed to save us.

All: O Lord, make haste to help us.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us,

All: and clothe us with power from on high. Alleluia.

1.      Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!

2.      You are clothed with majesty and honour, wrapped in light as in a garment.

3.      The sun knows the time for its setting. You make darkness that it may be night.

4.      O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all;

5.      the earth is full of your creatures.

6.      When you send forth your spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.

7.      May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; may the Lord rejoice in his works;

8.      I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will make music to my God while I have my being.

Psalm 104.1,2,21b,22a,26,32,33,35

All: Glory be 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.

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful, let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

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.

All: Amen.


The Word of God

Psalm 85

Lord, you were favourable to your land;
    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people;
    you pardoned all their sin. Selah
You withdrew all your wrath;
    you turned from your hot anger.

Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
    and put away your indignation towards us.
Will you be angry with us for ever?
    Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
    so that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
    and grant us your salvation.

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
    for he will speak peace to his people,
    to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their
  hearts.

Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
    that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
    righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
    and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The Lord will give what is good,
    and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him,
    and will make a path for his steps.

All: Glory be 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.

Canticle

All: The Spirit of the Father,
who raised Christ Jesus from the dead, gives life to the people of God. Alleluia.

1.   The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death.

2.   All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God; for we have received the Spirit that enables us to cry,  ‘Abba, Father’.

3.   The Spirit himself bears witness that we are children of God and if God’s children, then heirs of God;

4.   If heirs of God, then fellow-heirs with Christ; since we suffer with him now,

5.   that we may be glorified with him.

6.   These sufferings that we now endure are not worth comparing to the glory that shall be revealed.

7.   For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God.

Romans 8.2,14,15b-19

All: 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.

All: The Spirit of the Father,
who raised Christ Jesus from the dead, gives life to the people of God. Alleluia.

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak Gods wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,

What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him’—

10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly Gods except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. 13 And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.

14 Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of Gods Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are discerned spiritually. 15 Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one elses scrutiny.

16 For who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?

But we have the mind of Christ.

Following the reading, Silence is kept.

When you send forth your Spirit, we are created;

you renew the face of the earth.

All:When you send forth your Spirit, we are created; you renew the face of the earth.

O Lord, how manifold are your works;

in wisdom you have made them all.

All: You renew the face of the earth.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All: When you send forth your Spirit, we are created; you renew the face of the earth.

From Psalm 104

Gospel Canticle

The Magnificat (The Song of Mary)

All: How excellent is your name in all the world,
you have set your glory above the heavens. Alleluia.

1.   My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

2.   From this day all generations will call me blessed; the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name.

3.   He has mercy on those who fear him, from generation to generation.

4.   He has shown strength with his arm
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

5.   Casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly.

6.   He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.

7.   He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, to remember his promise of mercy,

8.   The promise made to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46-55

All: Glory be 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.

All: How excellent is your name in all the world,
you have set your glory above the heavens. Alleluia.

Prayers

Pray for God to be known in the commercial enterprises in the village:

    That all businesses - large and small - will show the same care and concern for others that Jesus showed to all people He met;

    That they be shown God’s wisdom in tough times;

    That they will be guided to provide wellbeing for all, rather than financial profits alone;

    That Christians working within these businesses will have the strength to share their faith with others.

When the leader says, “Lord, hear us.”, please respond:

All Lord, graciously hear us.

Collect

O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

All: Amen.

The Lords Prayer is said

Being made one by the power of the Spirit, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

All: 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.

The Conclusion

May the Spirit kindle in us the fire of God’s love.

All: Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.

All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.