Wednesday Service of Evening Prayer

Here is a Service of Evening Prayer lead by Dr Jim Harris, LLM and Reader at St Olave’s, for Wednesday 23rd September 2020. 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 23rd September 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 119.33-56

Refrain: My delight shall be in your commandments.

33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes
and I shall keep it to the end.

34 Give me understanding and I shall keep your law;
I shall keep it with my whole heart.

35 Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for therein is my delight.

36 Incline my heart to your testimonies
and not to unjust gain.

My delight shall be in your commandments.

37 Turn away my eyes lest they gaze on vanities;
O give me life in your ways.

38 Confirm to your servant your promise,
which stands for all who fear you.

39 Turn away the reproach which I dread,
because your judgements are good.

40 Behold, I long for your commandments;
in your righteousness give me life.

My delight shall be in your commandments.

41 Let your faithful love come unto me, O Lord,
even your salvation, according to your promise.

42 Then shall I answer those who taunt me,
for my trust is in your word.

43 O take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
for my hope is in your judgements.

44 So shall I always keep your law;
I shall keep it for ever and ever.

My delight shall be in your commandments.

45 I will walk at liberty,
because I study your commandments.

46 I will tell of your testimonies, even before kings,
and will not be ashamed.

47 My delight shall be in your commandments,
which I have greatly loved.

48 My hands will I lift up to your commandments,
which I love,
and I will meditate on your statutes.

My delight shall be in your commandments.

49 Remember your word to your servant,
on which you have built my hope.

50 This is my comfort in my trouble,
that your promise gives me life.

51 The proud have derided me cruelly,
but I have not turned aside from your law.

52 I have remembered your everlasting judgements, O Lord,
and have been comforted.

My delight shall be in your commandments.

53 I am seized with indignation at the wicked,
for they have forsaken your law.

54 Your statutes have been like songs to me
in the house of my pilgrimage.

55 I have thought on your name in the night, O Lord,
and so have I kept your law.

56 These blessings have been mine,
for I have kept your commandments.

My delight shall be in your commandments.

God of loving mercy,
in this place of our pilgrimage
turn your laws into songs,
that we may find your promises
fulfilled in Jesus 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.

Wisdom 7.15-8.4

May God grant me to speak with judgement,
and to have thoughts worthy of what I have received;
for he is the guide even of wisdom
and the corrector of the wise.
For both we and our words are in his hand,
as are all understanding and skill in crafts.
For it is he who gave me unerring knowledge of what exists,
to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements;
the beginning and end and middle of times,
the alternations of the solstices and the changes of the seasons,
the cycles of the year and the constellations of the stars,
the natures of animals and the tempers of wild animals,
the powers of spirits and the thoughts of human beings,
the varieties of plants and the virtues of roots;
I learned both what is secret and what is manifest,
for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me.

There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy,
unique, manifold, subtle,
mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen,
irresistible, beneficent, humane,
steadfast, sure, free from anxiety,
all-powerful, overseeing all,
and penetrating through all spirits
that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle.
For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things.
For she is a breath of the power of God,
and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.

Although she is but one, she can do all things,
and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.
She is more beautiful than the sun,
and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
for it is succeeded by the night,
but against wisdom evil does not prevail.

She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,
and she orders all things well.
I loved her and sought her from my youth;
I desired to take her for my bride,
and became enamoured of her beauty.
She glorifies her noble birth by living with God,
and the Lord of all loves her.
For she is an initiate in the knowledge of God,
and an associate in his works.

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: To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour and glory and might,
for ever and ever. Amen.

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

Mark 11.27-end

Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him and said, ‘By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?’ Jesus said to them, ‘I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me.’ They argued with one another, ‘If we say, “From heaven”, he will say, “Why then did you not believe him?” But shall we say, “Of human origin”?’—they were afraid of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a prophet. So they answered Jesus, ‘We do not know.’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.’

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

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
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 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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