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Evening Prayer

 
Said or sung all together except for the sentences marked ‘Call’ which are for the Leader only.
+ indicates that you may make the sign of the cross.
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+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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Opening sentences
My soul waits for the Lord
more than those
who watch for the morning,
more than those
who watch for the morning.
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Call: Out of the depths I have cried to You.
Response: O Lord, hear my voice.
Call: With my whole heart I want to praise You.
Response: O Lord, hear my voice.
Call: If you, Lord, should mark iniquities:
Response: Who could stand? who could stand?
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I will wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in His word do I hope.
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Expressions of faith
Lord, You have always given
bread for the coming day;
and though I am poor,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always given
strength for the coming day;
and though I am weak,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always given
peace for the coming day;
and though of anxious heart,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always kept
me safe in trials;
and now, tried as I am,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always marked
the road for the coming day;
and though it may be hidden,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always lightened
this darkness of mine;
and though the night is here,
today I believe.
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Lord, You have always spoken
when time was ripe;
and though you be silent now,
today I believe.
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Today’s Scripture Reading

August 31

Psalm 16:6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

Proverbs 11:12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbour, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.

Matthew 13:18–23 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Today’s Meditation

L’ABRI
But in addition to these conversations and discussions, something else was happening.
People were finding it hard to ‘shake off’ what they were living through.

They were there while we were praying for things that they later found had been given …

They were being given (not by us, but by God’s answers to prayers) a demonstration that God exists …

It was a combination which could never be ‘planned’ or ‘put on’ as an exhibit … it had to be real.

… a completely new work … would never have been possible if we had not been uprooted completely in every way, and if in that uprooting we had not decided to pray for God’s solution and leading every step of the path as it wound through unknown territory.

We also prayed that if it grew, God would send us the workers of His choice, rather than our trying to advertise or get people to help us … So not to advertise, but simply to pray that God will send those of His choice, and keep others away, is a different way of doing things.

We don’t say everyone ought to work this way, we simply say we feel we were led by God to do this as a demonstration that He is able to bring the people to a place – even a tiny out-of-the-way place … and only to bring the ones He wants to have there for His purposes.
Edith Schaeffer


 

Prayers for others

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Canticle
In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
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The Lord is my light, my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the refuge of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
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In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
One thing I ask of the Lord,
one thing I seek;
to dwell in the presence of my God,
to gaze on Your holy place.
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In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
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I believe I shall see the goodness
of the Lord in the land of the living.
O wait for the Lord!
Have courage and wait,
wait for the Lord.
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In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.
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Blessing
See that ye be at peace among yourselves, my children,
and love one another.
Follow the example of good men of old
and God will comfort you and help you,
both in this world
and in the world which is to come.
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+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen