Service of Prayer for Healing

Service of Evening Prayer

for Tuesday 4 May 2021

Iona evening prayer for 4 May 2021Led by Clive Billenness
00:00 / 14:03

 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 80

 

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
   you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
   before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might,
   and come to save us!

Restore us, O God;
   let your face shine, that we may be saved.

O Lord God of hosts,
   how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
You have fed them with the bread of tears,
   and given them tears to drink in full measure.
You make us the scorn of our neighbors;
   our enemies laugh among themselves.

Restore us, O God of hosts;
   let your face shine, that we may be saved.

You brought a vine out of Egypt;
   you drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared the ground for it;
   it took deep root and filled the land.
The mountains were covered with its shade,
   the mighty cedars with its branches;
it sent out its branches to the sea,
   and its shoots to the River.
Why then have you broken down its walls,
   so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
The boar from the forest ravages it,
   and all that move in the field feed on it.

Turn again, O God of hosts;
   look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine,
   the stock that your right hand planted.
They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down;
   may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance.
But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
   the one whom you made strong for yourself.
Then we will never turn back from you;
   give us life, and we will call on your name.

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
   let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Isaiah 32:16 - 18

Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
   and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
The effect of righteousness will be peace,
   and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
   in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.​

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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