Service of Prayer for Healing

Service of Evening Prayer

for Monday 29 March

29 March Evening PrayerLed by Clive Billenness
00:00 / 11:06

 Welcome to this Service of Evening Prayer following an Iona Liturgy

This is the time

When light fades

And shadows lengthen

And sounds are subdued –

All as God intended

Amen

 

This is the time

When bodies relax

Minds unwind

And tiredeness comes –

All as God intended

Amen

 

This is the time

When others greet the morning

While we meet the night

And the world continues to to sing

In all the accents of creation,

A love song to its maker

Blessed be God’s Name

 

We listen to the singing of "Before the ending of the day"

 

Come brother Jesus be our guest

Stay with us for the day is ending

 

Bring to this place your poverty

For then we shall be rich

Bring to this place your pain

That in sharing it, we may also share your joy

Bring to this place your understanding of us

That we may be freed to learn more of you

Bring to this place your Holy Spirit

That we and all things might be made new

 

With friend, with stranger

With the unknown and well known ones

Be among us tonight

For the doors of this house are open

And the doors of our hearts we leave ajar

 

In the world many things happen at night:

People travel, people meet

People have secret conversations

People lie awake restless

People sleep through exhaustion

People lie awake in despair

 

And this has always been so

Our holy books bear witness to it

Let us hear a reading from the Bible

 

Psalm 36:5 – 11

 

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,

    your faithfulness to the clouds.

Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,

    your judgments are like the great deep;

    you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.

 

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!

    All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

They feast on the abundance of your house,

    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.

For with you is the fountain of life;

    in your light we see light.

 

O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,

    and your salvation to the upright of heart!

Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me,

    or the hand of the wicked drive me away.

 

 

Isaiah 42:1 – 9

 

Here is my servant, whom I uphold,

    my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

I have put my spirit upon him;

    he will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry or lift up his voice,

    or make it heard in the street;

a bruised reed he will not break,

    and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;

    he will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be crushed

    until he has established justice in the earth;

    and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

 

Thus says God, the Lord,

    who created the heavens and stretched them out,

    who spread out the earth and what comes from it,

who gives breath to the people upon it

    and spirit to those who walk in it:

I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness,

    I have taken you by the hand and kept you;

I have given you as a covenant to the people,

    a light to the nations,

    to open the eyes that are blind,

to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,

    from the prison those who sit in darkness.

I am the Lord, that is my name;

    my glory I give to no other,

    nor my praise to idols.

See, the former things have come to pass,

    and new things I now declare;

before they spring forth,

    I tell you of them.

 

 

What if the darkness covers us

And the day around us turns to night ?

Darkness is not too dark for God

To whom dark and light are one.

 

Let us pray

 

On the Monday of Holy Week

The crippled and the blind came to Jesus in the Temple

And he healed them

So let us pray for those who are crippled by disease or anxiety

O Lord hear our prayer

 

Those who are crippled by a system

O Lord hear our prayer

 

Those who are blind to beauty love and peace

O Lord hear our prayer

 

Those who are blind to what they must do now or do next

O Lord hear our prayer

 

The church in places where it has the possibility of healing the wounds of the

Nations or of the communities which it serves

O Lord hear our prayer

 

And for ourselves we pray

That we may discern a clear vision of your kingdom

And that we may steadily walk your path

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

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.

 

 

We listen to the singing of the "Nunc dimittis"

 

 

For the day now done

Thanks be to God

 

For the rest before us

Thanks be to God

 

Because God never sleeps so that we can

Thanks be to God

 

But before the day is done

Let God’s holy name be praised

And let God’s people say Amen

 

Amen

 

 

Based on the Iona Abbey Worship Book (2017) and

Stages on the Way (Wild Goose Worship Group) (2000)

 

 

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