part of Stantonbury Ecumenical Partnership
Evening Prayer for Sunday 29th March
Welcome to our online evening service
The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear. The Lord is the strength of my life of whom then shall I be afraid. Psalm 27:1
These words of the psalmist will resonate with most of us especially at this time of global crises, as we grapple with the spread of coronavirus and the infection of COVID-19.
It is difficult not to feel fearful. The things that we are used to and even took for granted, such as being able to gather on Sunday in our beautiful church, are momentarily restricted. So, it is not surprising that many people feel anxious and uncertain.
But in his fear, the psalmist reminded himself of God’s almightiness and sovereignty over all life.
It is my hope that this time of prayer and worship will help remind and reassure us of God’s presence and love in this difficult time.
Jesus also said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me” John 14: 1
Please keep your telephone slightly removed from your mouth or on mute to avoid echo and feedback. Please join in the words in saying the words in bold type:
CALL TO WORSHIP
Comfortable words from the bible are used to invite us to come to worship.
Lord our God,
in our sin we have avoided your call.
Our love for you is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes away early.
Have mercy on us;
deliver us from judgement;
bind up our wounds and revive us;
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
May the God of all healing and forgiveness
draw us to himself,
and cleanse us from all our sins
that we may behold the glory of his Son,
the Word made flesh,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
O Lord, open thou our lips.
And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Praise ye the Lord.
The Lord’s Name be praised.
The for the day will be read by an appointed reader
The readings will be read by an appointed reader
At the end of the reading, the reader says: Here ends the reading.
THE APOSTLE’S CREED
I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
The holy Catholic Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body, and the Life everlasting. Amen.
The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
OUR Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen.
O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
And grant us thy salvation.
O Lord, save the Queen.
And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
And make thy chosen people joyful.
O Lord, save thy people.
And bless thine inheritance.
Give peace in our time, O Lord.
Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.
O God, make clean our hearts within us.
And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
THE COLLECT APPOINTED FOR THE DAY
Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ,
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
THE SECOND COLLECT AT EVENING PRAYER
O GOD, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen
THE THIRD COLLECT, FOR AID AGAINST ALL PERILS
LIGHTEN our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning,
so do we look for you, O Christ.
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen
THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE LOVE OF GOD
AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
BE WITH YOU EVERMORE, AMEN
Archbishops Council, The Church of England