Evening Prayer on Thursday
Thursday, 2 July 2020

Preparation

O God, make speed to save us.
AllO Lord, make haste to help us.

One or more of the following is said or sung:
a prayer of thanksgiving (page 110),
a suitable hymn,
or A Song of God’s Chosen One

1There shall come forth a shoot from the stock of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

2And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

3The spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

4He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear,

5But with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth.

6The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid.

7The calf, the lion and the fatling together,
with a little child to lead them.

8They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 11.1,2,3b-4a,6,9

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

This opening prayer may be said

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful,
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,
so may your mercy come down upon us
to cleanse our hearts
and set us free to sing your praise
now and for ever.
AllAmen.

The Word of God

Psalmody

The appointed psalmody is said.

Psalm 78.40-end*

Refrain: Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord.

40 How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness 
and grieved him in the desert!

41 Again and again they tempted God 
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.

42 They did not remember his power 
in the day when he redeemed them from the enemy;

43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt 
and his wonders in the field of Zoan. R

44 He turned their rivers into blood, 
so that they could not drink of their streams.

45 He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them, 
and frogs which brought them ruin.

46 He gave their produce to the caterpillar, 
the fruit of their toil to the locust.

47 He destroyed their vines with hailstones 
and their sycamore trees with the frost. R

48 He delivered their cattle to hailstones 
and their flocks to thunderbolts.

49 He set loose on them his blazing anger: 
fury, displeasure and trouble,
a troop of destroying angels.

50 He made a way for his anger
and spared not their souls from death, 
but gave their life over to the pestilence.

51 He smote the firstborn of Egypt, 
the first fruits of their strength in the tents of Ham. R

52 But he led out his people like sheep 
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

53 He led them to safety and they were not afraid, 
but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

54 He brought them to his holy place, 
the mountain which his right hand took in possession.

55 He drove out the nations before them
and shared out to them their inheritance; 
he settled the tribes of Israel in their tents. R

56 Yet still they tested God Most High
and rebelled against him, 
and would not keep his commandments.

57 They turned back and fell away like their forebears, 
starting aside like an unstrung bow.

58 They grieved him with their hill altars 
and provoked him to displeasure with their idols.

59 God heard and was greatly angered, 
and utterly rejected Israel. R

60 He forsook the tabernacle at Shiloh, 
the tent of his presence on earth.

61 He gave the ark of his strength into captivity, 
his splendour into the adversary’s hand.

62 He delivered his people to the sword 
and raged against his inheritance.

63 The fire consumed their young men; 
there was no one to lament their maidens.

64 Their priests fell by the sword, 
and their widows made no lamentation. R

65 Then the Lord woke as out of sleep, 
like a warrior who had been overcome with wine.

66 He struck his enemies from behind 
and put them to perpetual shame.

67 He rejected the tent of Joseph 
and chose not the tribe of Ephraim,

68 But he chose the tribe of Judah 
and the hill of Zion, which he loved. R

69 And there he built his sanctuary like the heights of heaven, 
like the earth which he founded for ever.

70 He chose David also, his servant, 
and took him away from the sheepfolds.

71 From following the ewes with their lambs he took him, 
that he might shepherd Jacob his people
and Israel his inheritance.

72 So he shepherded them with a devoted heart 
and with skilful hands he guided them.

Refrain: Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord.

God our shepherd,
in all our wanderings and temptations,
teach us to rest in your mercy
and trust in your defence;
through him who laid down his life for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Each psalm or group of psalms may end with

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

If there are two Scripture readings, the first may be read here, or both may be read after the canticle.

Job 30

‘But now they make sport of me,
   those who are younger than I,
whose fathers I would have disdained
   to set with the dogs of my flock.
What could I gain from the strength of their hands?
   All their vigour is gone.
Through want and hard hunger
   they gnaw the dry and desolate ground,
they pick mallow and the leaves of bushes,
   and to warm themselves the roots of broom.
They are driven out from society;
   people shout after them as after a thief.
In the gullies of wadis they must live,
   in holes in the ground, and in the rocks.
Among the bushes they bray;
   under the nettles they huddle together.
A senseless, disreputable brood,
   they have been whipped out of the land.


‘And now they mock me in song;
   I am a byword to them.
They abhor me, they keep aloof from me;
   they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me.
Because God has loosed my bowstring and humbled me,
   they have cast off restraint in my presence.
On my right hand the rabble rise up;
   they send me sprawling,
   and build roads for my ruin.
They break up my path,
   they promote my calamity;
   no one restrains them.
As through a wide breach they come;
   amid the crash they roll on.
Terrors are turned upon me;
   my honour is pursued as by the wind,
   and my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.


‘And now my soul is poured out within me;
   days of affliction have taken hold of me.
The night racks my bones,
   and the pain that gnaws me takes no rest.
With violence he seizes my garment;
   he grasps me by the collar of my tunic.
He has cast me into the mire,
   and I have become like dust and ashes.
I cry to you and you do not answer me;
   I stand, and you merely look at me.
You have turned cruel to me;
   with the might of your hand you persecute me.
You lift me up on the wind, you make me ride on it,
   and you toss me about in the roar of the storm.
I know that you will bring me to death,
   and to the house appointed for all living.


‘Surely one does not turn against the needy,
   when in disaster they cry for help.
Did I not weep for those whose day was hard?
   Was not my soul grieved for the poor?
But when I looked for good, evil came;
   and when I waited for light, darkness came.
My inward parts are in turmoil, and are never still;
   days of affliction come to meet me.
I go about in sunless gloom;
   I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.
I am a brother of jackals,
   and a companion of ostriches.
My skin turns black and falls from me,
   and my bones burn with heat.
My lyre is turned to mourning,
   and my pipe to the voice of those who weep.

Canticle

Great and Wonderful, or another suitable canticle, for example, number 63 (page 621), may be said

Refrain:

AllAll nations shall come and worship you, O Christ,
and share in the feast of your kingdom. Alleluia.

1Great and wonderful are your deeds,
Lord God the Almighty.

2Just and true are your ways,
O ruler of the nations.

3Who shall not revere and praise your name, O Lord?
for you alone are holy.

4All nations shall come and worship in your presence:
for your just dealings have been revealed.

Revelation 15.3, 4

AllTo the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour and glory and might,
for ever and ever. Amen.

AllAll nations shall come and worship you, O Christ,
and share in the feast of your kingdom. Alleluia.

Scripture Reading

One or more readings appointed for the day are read.

The reading(s) may be followed by a time of silence.

Romans 13.1-7

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgement. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive its approval; for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience. For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, busy with this very thing. Pay to all what is due to them—taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honour to whom honour is due.

A suitable song or chant, or a responsory in this or another form, may follow

Fear not, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
AllFear not, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned.
AllI have called you by name; you are mine.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
AllFear not, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.

from Isaiah 43

Gospel Canticle

The Magnificat (The Song of Mary) is normally said,
or A Song of Christ’s Appearing (page 621) may be said

Refrain:

AllYou have filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.

1My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

2From this day all generations will call me blessed;
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his name.

3He has mercy on those who fear him,
from generation to generation.

4He has shown strength with his arm
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

5Casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.

6He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.

7He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
to remember his promise of mercy,

8The promise made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46-55

AllGlory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Refrain:

AllYou have filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.

Prayers

Thanksgiving may be made for the day.

Intercessions are offered
for peace
for individuals and their needs

Prayers may include the following concerns from the cycle on pages 362–363

Local government, community leaders
All who provide local services
Those who work with young or elderly people
Schools, colleges and universities
Emergency and rescue organizations

One of the forms of prayer found on pages 362–371 may be used.

These responses may be used

Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer

(or)

Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day is said

Almighty God,
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
      whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation may be brought
      to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
AllAmen.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

AllOur 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.

(or)

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

AllOur Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Conclusion

All The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.
AllThanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.