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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

October 23

Psalm 34:1–2 I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 2 My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Proverbs 6:6–11 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. 9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest– 11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

Luke 18:1–8 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, `Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, `Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ ” 6And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Today’s Meditation

As the rain hides the stars,
as the autumn mist hides the hills,
happenings of my lot
hide the shining of Thy face from me.
Yet, if I may hold Thy hand
in the darkness,
it is enough;
since I know that,
though I may stumble in my going,
Thou dost not fall.
Alistair Maclean

The Lord is thy keeper,
the Lord is thy shade.
The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee,
thy soul from all evil;
the Lord shall preserve thee,
thy going and thy coming,
from this time forward,
and even for evermore.
from Psalm 121

As it was, as it is,
and as it shall be
evermore, God of grace,
God in Trinity!
With the ebb, with the flow,
ever it is so,
God of grace, O Trinity,
with the ebb and flow.
Traditional Gaelic prayer learned from
Alexander Macneill, fishsalter, Barra


 

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