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 8th July 2020


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 91

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,

2 Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold,
my God, in whom I put my trust.’

3 For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He shall cover you with his wings
and you shall be safe under his feathers;
his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

5 You shall not be afraid of any terror by night,
nor of the arrow that flies by day;

6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.

7 Though a thousand fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand,
yet it shall not come near you.

8 Your eyes have only to behold
to see the reward of the wicked.

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge
and the Most High your stronghold,

10 There shall no evil happen to you,
neither shall any plague come near your tent.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over you,
to keep you in all your ways.

12 They shall bear you in their hands,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder;
the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

14 Because they have set their love upon me,
therefore will I deliver them;
I will lift them up, because they know my name.

15 They will call upon me and I will answer them;
I am with them in trouble,
I will deliver them and bring them to honour.

16 With long life will I satisfy them
and show them my salvation.

Keep me as the apple of your eye.

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
and, as you have bound us to yourself in love,
leave us not who call upon your name,
but grant us your salvation,
made known in the cross of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 93

The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.

1 The Lord is king and has put on glorious apparel;
the Lord has put on his glory
and girded himself with strength.

2 He has made the whole world so sure
that it cannot be moved.

3 Your throne has been established from of old;
you are from everlasting.

The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.

4 The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their pounding waves.

5 Mightier than the thunder of many waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea,
the Lord on high is mightier.

6 Your testimonies are very sure;
holiness adorns your house, O Lord, for ever.

The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.

Christ our King,
you put on the apparel of our nature
and raised us to your glory;
reign from your royal throne
above the chaos of this world,
that all may see the victory you have won
and trust in your salvation;
for your glory’s sake.

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 39

‘Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
Do you observe the calving of the deer?
Can you number the months that they fulfil,
and do you know the time when they give birth,
when they crouch to give birth to their offspring,
and are delivered of their young?
Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open;
they go forth, and do not return to them.

‘Who has let the wild ass go free?
Who has loosed the bonds of the swift ass,
to which I have given the steppe for its home,
the salt land for its dwelling-place?
It scorns the tumult of the city;
it does not hear the shouts of the driver.
It ranges the mountains as its pasture,
and it searches after every green thing.

‘Is the wild ox willing to serve you?
Will it spend the night at your crib?
Can you tie it in the furrow with ropes,
or will it harrow the valleys after you?
Will you depend on it because its strength is great,
and will you hand over your labour to it?
Do you have faith in it that it will return,
and bring your grain to your threshing-floor?

‘The ostrich’s wings flap wildly,
though its pinions lack plumage.
For it leaves its eggs to the earth,
and lets them be warmed on the ground,
forgetting that a foot may crush them,
and that a wild animal may trample them.
It deals cruelly with its young, as if they were not its own;
though its labour should be in vain, yet it has no fear;
because God has made it forget wisdom,
and given it no share in understanding.
When it spreads its plumes aloft,
it laughs at the horse and its rider.

‘Do you give the horse its might?
Do you clothe its neck with mane?
Do you make it leap like the locust?
Its majestic snorting is terrible.
It paws violently, exults mightily;
it goes out to meet the weapons.
It laughs at fear, and is not dismayed;
it does not turn back from the sword.
Upon it rattle the quiver,
the flashing spear, and the javelin.
With fierceness and rage it swallows the ground;
it cannot stand still at the sound of the trumpet.
When the trumpet sounds, it says “Aha!”
From a distance it smells the battle,
the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

‘Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars,
and spreads its wings towards the south?
Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up
and makes its nest on high?
It lives on the rock and makes its home
in the fastness of the rocky crag.
From there it spies the prey;
its eyes see it from far away.
Its young ones suck up blood;
and where the slain are, there it is.’


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 15.14-21

I myself feel confident about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. Nevertheless, on some points I have written to you rather boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast of my work for God. For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and as far around as Illyricum I have fully proclaimed the good news of Christ. Thus I make it my ambition to proclaim the good news, not where Christ has already been named, so that I do not build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written,
‘Those who have never been told of him shall see,
and those who have never heard of him shall understand.’

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.


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

The Collect of the day

O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
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.

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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