Service of Prayer for Healing

Service of Evening Prayer

for Tuesday 18 May 2021

iona evening prayer 18 may 2021Led by Samantha Silverthorn
00:00 / 22:50

 Welcome to this Service of Evening Prayer following an Iona Liturgy

In the beginning, when it was very dark,

God said, ‘Let there be light.’

And there was light.

In the beginning, when it was very quiet, the Word was with God.

And what God was, the Word was.

When the time was right, God sent the Son.

He came among us; he was one of us.

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 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

 

And this has always been so

Our holy books bear witness to it

Let us hear a reading from the Bible

 

Psalm 68

 

Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered; 
let those that hate him flee before him.

As the smoke vanishes, so may they vanish away; 
as wax melts at the fire,
so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; 
let them make merry with gladness.

Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
exalt him who rides on the clouds. 
The Lord is his name; rejoice before him.

Father of the fatherless, defender of widows, 
God in his holy habitation!

God gives the solitary a home
and brings forth prisoners to songs of welcome, 
but the rebellious inhabit a burning desert. 

O God, when you went forth before your people,
when you marched through the wilderness,

The earth shook and the heavens dropped down rain,
at the presence of God, the Lord of Sinai, 
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

You sent down a gracious rain, O God; 
you refreshed your inheritance when it was weary.

Your people came to dwell there; 
in your goodness, O God, you provide for the poor. 

The Lord gave the word;
great was the company of women who bore the tidings:
‘Kings and their armies they flee, they flee!’
and women at home are dividing the spoil.

Though you stayed among the sheepfolds,
see now a dove’s wings covered with silver
and its feathers with green gold.

When the Almighty scattered the kings, 
it was like snowflakes falling on Zalmon. 

You mighty mountain, great mountain of Bashan! 
You towering mountain, great mountain of Bashan!

Why look with envy, you towering mountains,
at the mount which God has desired for his dwelling, 
the place where the Lord will dwell for ever?

The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
even thousands upon thousands; 
the Lord is among them, the Lord of Sinai in holy power.

You have gone up on high and led captivity captive; 
you have received tribute,
even from those who rebelled,
that you may reign as Lord and God. 

Blessed be the Lord who bears our burdens day by day,
for God is our salvation.

God is for us the God of our salvation; 
God is the Lord who can deliver from death.

God will smite the head of his enemies,
the hairy scalp of those who walk in wickedness.

The Lord has said, ‘From the heights of Bashan,
from the depths of the sea will I bring them back,

‘Till you dip your foot in blood 
and the tongue of your dogs has a taste of your enemies.’ 

We see your solemn processions, O God, 
your processions into the sanctuary, my God and my King.

The singers go before, the musicians follow after, 
in the midst of maidens playing on timbrels.

In your companies, bless your God; 
bless the Lord, you that are of the fount of Israel.

At the head there is Benjamin, least of the tribes,
the princes of Judah in joyful company, 
the princes of Zebulun and Naphtali.

Send forth your strength, O God; 
establish, O God, what you have wrought in us.

For your temple’s sake in Jerusalem 
kings shall bring their gifts to you.

Drive back with your word the wild beast of the reeds, 
the herd of the bull-like, the brutish hordes.

Trample down those who lust after silver; 
scatter the peoples that delight in war.

Vessels of bronze shall be brought from Egypt;
Ethiopia will stretch out her hands to God. 

Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;
make music in praise of the Lord;

He rides on the ancient heaven of heavens
and sends forth his voice, a mighty voice.

Ascribe power to God, whose splendour is over Israel,
whose power is above the clouds.

How terrible is God in his holy sanctuary,
the God of Israel, who gives power and strength to his people!
Blessed be God.

Luke 8.1 - 15

Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.

When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: ‘A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.’ As he said this, he called out, ‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’

Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, ‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to others I speak in parables, so that
“looking they may not perceive,
  and listening they may not understand.”

‘Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe only for a while and in a time of testing fall away. As for what fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear; but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.

This is the Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

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

 

You never sleep, God.

You are always awake, always watching, always willing the world and its people to turn in the right direction.

 

So tonight, will you comfort those who cannot sleep because of illness, or worry, or fear; or for reasons they cannot understand.

God be near them.

God be near them.

 

And tonight will you be close to those who wait patiently or impatiently for a birth or a death, for a visit, or for the pieces of their life’s jigsaw to fit together.

God be near them.

God be near them.

 

And tonight will you be close to those who wonder, who look for inspiration, who long to be with the one or the ones they love, who hope to recognise the right time when they can say ‘I’m sorry,’ or ‘I love you,’ or even ‘Enough is enough.’

God be near them.

God be near them.

 

And God, listen to us as we share with you whatever joys or sorrows, discoveries or questions we will take with us into this night.

God be with us,

God be near us.

 

Into your hands we commit ourselves – our souls, our bodies, our minds, our futures –

for all things come from you and are best kept in your care

Amen

We listen to the singing of the "Nunc dimittis"

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.

 

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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