Evening Prayer Thursday 28th May

EVENING PRAYER Thursday 28th 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 139

Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is so high that I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from your spirit?
    Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
    if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
    and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me fast.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light around me become night,
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is as bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For it was you who formed my inward parts;
     you knit me together in my mothers womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
      Wonderful are your works;
   that I know very well.
15     My frame was not hidden from you,
   when I was being made in secret,
       intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
   In your book were written
     all the days that were formed for me,
     when none of them as yet existed.
17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
     How vast is the sum of them!
18 I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
     I come to the end—I am still with you.

19 O that you would kill the wicked, O God,
     and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me—
20 those who speak of you maliciously,
     and lift themselves up against you for evil!
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
      And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
     I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
      test me and know my thoughts.
24 See if there is any wicked way in me,
      and lead me in the way everlasting.

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: Matthew 9.35–10.20

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.

1 Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for labourers deserve their food. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgement than for that town.

16 See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. 19 When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

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 throughout the Forest:

    That God’s creation of the World around us will be honoured, valued and protected;

    That every home will know the Good News of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection;

    That every believer will be guided by the Holy Spirit to share the joy of 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.