Service of Prayer for Healing

Service of Evening Prayer

for Tuesday 27 April 2021

iona evening prayer 27 april 2021Led by Janet Varty
00:00 / 11:57

 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.

please place your lit candle centrally

 

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

And what God was, the Word was.

please place your Bible beside the candle

 

When the time was right, God sent the Son.

He came among us; he was one of us.

please place the cross next to the Bible

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

 

And this has always been so

Our holy books bear witness to it

Let us hear a reading from the Bible

 

Psalm 8 (while the music "Skybird" is played)

 

O Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
   Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
   to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
   the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
   mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
   and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
   you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
   and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
   whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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 near 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)

As our worship ends, we invite you to watch this YouTube Video of the song

"From a distance (God is watching us)

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