Wednesday Service of Evening Prayer

Please find the most recent Wednesday’s Service of Evening Prayer by Dr Jim Harris, LLM and Reader at St Olave’s. The aim is for these to provide an opportunity for each of us to pause in the week and ensure we remain spiritually strong.

Evening Prayer for Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Preparation

O God, make speed to save us.
All: O Lord, make haste to help us.

1 I love you, O Lord my strength.
The Lord is my crag, my fortress and my deliverer.

2 In my distress I called upon the Lord
and cried out to my God for help.

3 He heard my voice in his temple
and my cry came to his ears.

4 He parted the heavens and came down
and thick darkness was under his feet.

5 He rode upon the cherubim and flew;
he came flying on the wings of the wind.

6 He made darkness his covering round about him,
dark waters and thick clouds his pavilion.

7 From the brightness of his presence, through the clouds
burst hailstones and coals of fire.

8 The Lord also thundered out of heaven;
the Most High uttered his voice
with hailstones and coals of fire.

9 For you will save a lowly people
and bring down the high looks of the proud.

10 You also shall light my candle;
the Lord my God shall make my darkness to be bright.

11 As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is tried in the fire;
he is a shield to all who trust in him.
(Psalm 18.1, 6, 7 ,10-14, 28, 29, 31)

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.

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 136

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious,
for his mercy endures for ever.

2 Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his mercy endures for ever.

3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his mercy endures for ever;

4 Who alone does great wonders,
for his mercy endures for ever;

5 Who by wisdom made the heavens,
for his mercy endures for ever;

6 Who laid out the earth upon the waters,
for his mercy endures for ever;

7 Who made the great lights,
for his mercy endures for ever;

8 The sun to rule the day,
for his mercy endures for ever;

9 The moon and the stars to govern the night,
for his mercy endures for ever;

10 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt,
for his mercy endures for ever;

11 And brought out Israel from among them,
for his mercy endures for ever;

12 With a mighty hand and outstretched arm,
for his mercy endures for ever;

13 Who divided the Red Sea in two,
for his mercy endures for ever;

14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it,
for his mercy endures for ever;

15 But Pharaoh and his host he overthrew in the Red Sea,
for his mercy endures for ever;

16 Who led his people through the wilderness,
for his mercy endures for ever;

17 Who smote great kings,
for his mercy endures for ever;

18 And slew mighty kings,
for his mercy endures for ever;

19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
for his mercy endures for ever;

20 And Og, the king of Bashan,
for his mercy endures for ever;

21 And gave away their land for a heritage,
for his mercy endures for ever;

22 A heritage for Israel his servant,
for his mercy endures for ever;

23 Who remembered us when we were in trouble,
for his mercy endures for ever;

24 And delivered us from our enemies,
for his mercy endures for ever;

25 Who gives food to all creatures,
for his mercy endures for ever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his mercy endures for ever.

Remember us, O God, and shape our history,
form our inward eyes
to see the shadow of the life-giving cross
in the turbulence of our time;
for his sake who died for all,
Christ our Lord.

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.

Job 3

After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. Job said: ‘Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, “A man-child is conceived.” Let that day be darkness! May God above not seek it, or light shine on it. Let gloom and deep darkness claim it. Let clouds settle upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. That night—let thick darkness seize it! let it not rejoice among the days of the year; let it not come into the number of the months. Yes, let that night be barren; let no joyful cry be heard in it. Let those curse it who curse the Sea, those who are skilled to rouse up Leviathan. Let the stars of its dawn be dark; let it hope for light, but have none; may it not see the eyelids of the morning— because it did not shut the doors of my mother’s womb, and hide trouble from my eyes.

‘Why did I not die at birth, come forth from the womb and expire? Why were there knees to receive me, or breasts for me to suck? Now I would be lying down and quiet; I would be asleep; then I would be at rest with kings and counsellors of the earth who rebuild ruins for themselves, or with princes who have gold, who fill their houses with silver. Or why was I not buried like a stillborn child, like an infant that never sees the light? There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest. There the prisoners are at ease together; they do not hear the voice of the taskmaster. The small and the great are there, and the slaves are free from their masters.

‘Why is light given to one in misery, and life to the bitter in soul, who long for death, but it does not come, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures; who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad when they find the grave? Why is light given to one who cannot see the way, whom God has fenced in? For my sighing comes like my bread, and my groanings are poured out like water. Truly the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me. I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest; but trouble comes.’

Canticle

All: Rejoice and be glad
for you are the light of the world,
and great is your reward in heaven.

1 Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

2 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

3 Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

4 Blessed are those who hunger
and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

5 Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

6 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.

7 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

8 Blessed are those who suffer persecution
for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 5.3-10)

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: Rejoice and be glad for you are the light of the world,
and great is your reward in heaven.

Romans 2.1-16

Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgement on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. You say, ‘We know that God’s judgement on those who do such things is in accordance with truth.’ Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgement of God? Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgement will be revealed. For he will repay according to each one’s deeds: to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honour and immortality, he will give eternal life; while for those who are self-seeking and who obey not the truth but wickedness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be anguish and distress for everyone who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honour and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.

All who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but the doers of the law who will be justified. When Gentiles, who do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires, these, though not having the law, are a law to themselves. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, to which their own conscience also bears witness; and their conflicting thoughts will accuse or perhaps excuse them on the day when, according to my gospel, God, through Jesus Christ, will judge the secret thoughts of all.

Lord, you will guide me with your counsel
and afterwards receive me with glory.
All: Lord, you will guide me with your counsel
and afterwards receive me with glory.

For I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
All: And afterwards receive me with glory.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All: Lord, you will guide me with your counsel
and afterwards receive me with glory.
from Psalm 73

Gospel Canticle

The Magnificat (The Song of Mary)

All: Remember your promise of mercy,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

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 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: Remember your promise of mercy,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Prayers

Please use these response as we pray for the church and for the world:
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer
and
Merciful Father, accept these prayers
for the sake of your son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,
Amen.

The Collect of the day

O Lord, from whom all good things come: grant to us your humble servants, that by your holy inspiration we may think those things that are good, and by your merciful guiding may perform the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  All: Amen.

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray.

All: 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.

The Conclusion

All: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

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