Evening Prayer Sunday 24th May

EVENING PRAYER Sunday 24th 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 47

Clap your hands, all you peoples;
    shout to God with loud songs of joy.
For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,
    a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
    and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
    the pride of Jacob whom he loves.Selah

God has gone up with a shout,
    the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
    sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the king of all the earth;
    sing praises with a psalm.

God is king over the nations;
    God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
    as the people of the God of Abraham.
  For the shields of the earth belong to God;
    he is highly exalted.

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: Ephesians 1.15–end

15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

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 through the efforts of our Church communities (St. Nicholas’; St. Saviour’s; St. Anne’s; The Methodist Church):

    That they will welcome strangers exploring what it means to follow God;

    That they will help people from all backgrounds and all generations to know the hope and inspiration that comes from knowing Jesus;

    That they will support the most vulnerable in our community;

    That the Holy Spirit will help all Church members to proudly proclaim the Christian message in ways that others can hear.

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.