Service of Prayer for Healing

Service of Evening Prayer

for Tuesday 25 May 2021

Iona Prayer 25 MayLed by Linda Billenness
00:00 / 15:31

 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



This is the time

When bodies relax

Minds unwind

And tiredeness comes –

All as God intended



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 readings from the Bible


Psalm 143


Hear my prayer, O Lord;
   give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness;
   answer me in your righteousness.
Do not enter into judgment with your servant,
   for no one living is righteous before you.

For the enemy has pursued me,
   crushing my life to the ground,
   making me sit in darkness like those long dead.
Therefore my spirit faints within me;
   my heart within me is appalled.

I remember the days of old,
   I think about all your deeds,
   I meditate on the works of your hands.
I stretch out my hands to you;
   my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.Selah

Answer me quickly, O Lord;
   my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me,
   or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,
   for in you I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go,
   for to you I lift up my soul.

Save me, O Lord, from my enemies;
   I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will,
   for you are my God.
Let your good spirit lead me
   on a level path.

For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life.
   In your righteousness bring me out of trouble.
In your steadfast love cut off my enemies,
   and destroy all my adversaries,
   for I am your servant.

Matthew 11.28 - 30

[Jesus said:]

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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


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.



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



Based on the Iona Abbey Worship Book (2017) and

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



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