Evening Prayer on Wednesday
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

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 Descending

1I love you, O Lord my strength.
The Lord is my crag, my fortress and my deliverer.

2In my distress I called upon the Lord
and cried out to my God for help.

3He heard my voice in his temple
and my cry came to his ears.

4He parted the heavens and came down
and thick darkness was under his feet.

5He rode upon the cherubim and flew;
he came flying on the wings of the wind.

6He made darkness his covering round about him,
dark waters and thick clouds his pavilion.

7From the brightness of his presence, through the clouds
burst hailstones and coals of fire.

8The Lord also thundered out of heaven;
the Most High uttered his voice
with hailstones and coals of fire.

9For you will save a lowly people
and bring down the high looks of the proud.

10You also shall light my candle;
the Lord my God shall make my darkness to be bright.

11As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is tried in the fire;
he is a shield to all who trust in him.

Psalm 18.1, 6, 7 ,10-14, 28, 29, 31

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 59

Refrain: You, O God, are my strong tower.

1 Rescue me from my enemies, O my God; 
set me high above those that rise up against me.

2 Save me from the evildoers 
and from murderous foes deliver me.

3 For see how they lie in wait for my soul 
and the mighty stir up trouble against me.

4 Not for any fault or sin of mine, O Lord; 
for no offence, they run and prepare themselves for war.

5 Rouse yourself, come to my aid and see; 
for you are the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel.

6 Awake, and judge all the nations; 
show no mercy to the evil traitors. R

7 They return at nightfall and snarl like dogs 
and prowl about the city.

8 They pour out evil words with their mouths;
swords are on their lips; 
‘For who’, they say, ‘can hear us?’

9 But you laugh at them, O Lord; 
you hold all the nations in derision.

10 For you, O my strength, will I watch; 
you, O God, are my strong tower.

11 My God in his steadfast love will come to me; 
he will let me behold the downfall of my enemies. R

12 Slay them not, lest my people forget; 
send them reeling by your might
and bring them down, O Lord our shield.

13 For the sins of their mouth, for the words of their lips, 
let them be taken in their pride.

14 For the cursing and falsehood they have uttered, 
consume them in wrath, consume them till they are no more.

15 And they shall know that God rules in Jacob, 
and to the ends of the earth. R

16 And still they return at nightfall and snarl like dogs 
and prowl about the city.

17 Though they forage for something to devour, 
and howl if they are not filled,

18 Yet will I sing of your strength 
and every morning praise your steadfast love;

19 For you have been my stronghold, 
my refuge in the day of my trouble.

20 To you, O my strength, will I sing; 
for you, O God, are my refuge,
my God of steadfast love.

Refrain: You, O God, are my strong tower.

Strong and merciful God,
stand with the oppressed
against the triumph of evil
and the complacency of your people,
and establish in Jesus Christ
your new order of generosity and joy,
for he is alive and reigns now and for ever.

Psalm 60

Refrain: Restore us again, O God our Saviour.

1 O God, you have cast us off and broken us; 
you have been angry; restore us to yourself again.

2 You have shaken the earth and torn it apart; 
heal its wounds, for it trembles.

3 You have made your people drink bitter things; 
we reel from the deadly wine you have given us.

4 You have made those who fear you to flee, 
to escape from the range of the bow.

5 That your beloved may be delivered, 
save us by your right hand and answer us. R

6 God has spoken in his holiness: 
‘I will triumph and divide Shechem,
and share out the valley of Succoth.

7 ‘Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; 
Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my sceptre.

8 ‘Moab shall be my washpot;
over Edom will I cast my sandal; 
across Philistia will I shout in triumph.’ R

9 Who will lead me into the strong city? 
Who will bring me into Edom?

10 Have you not cast us off, O God? 
Will you no longer go forth with our troops?

11 Grant us your help against the enemy, 
for earthly help is in vain.

12 Through God will we do great acts, 
for it is he that shall tread down our enemies.

Refrain: Restore us again, O God our Saviour.

Risen Christ,
you claim your own among the nations;
mend what is broken in us, loving Saviour;
do not forsake us when we fail,
but in your service grant us daring and love;
for your name’s sake.

Psalm (67)

1 God be gracious to us and bless us 
and make his face to shine upon us,

2 That your way may be known upon earth, 
your saving power among all nations.

3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; 
let all the peoples praise you.

4 O let the nations rejoice and be glad, 
for you will judge the peoples righteously
and govern the nations upon earth.

5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; 
let all the peoples praise you.

6 Then shall the earth bring forth her increase, 
and God, our own God, will bless us.

7 God will bless us, 
and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

In the face of Jesus Christ
your light and glory have blazed forth,
O God of all the nations;
with all your people,
may we make known your grace
and walk in the ways of peace;
for your name’s sake.

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.

Ezra 4.1-5

When the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exiles were building a temple to the Lord, the God of Israel, they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of families and said to them, ‘Let us build with you, for we worship your God as you do, and we have been sacrificing to him ever since the days of King Esar-haddon of Assyria who brought us here.’ But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of families in Israel said to them, ‘You shall have no part with us in building a house to our God; but we alone will build to the Lord, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus of Persia has commanded us.’

Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah, and made them afraid to build, and they bribed officials to frustrate their plan throughout the reign of King Cyrus of Persia and until the reign of King Darius of Persia.

Canticle

A Song of the Blessed, or another suitable canticle,
for example, number 69 (page 627), may be said

Refrain:

AllRejoice and be glad
for you are the light of the world,
and great is your reward in heaven. Alleluia.

1Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

2Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

3Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

4Blessed are those who hunger
and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

5Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

6Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.

7Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

8Blessed are those who suffer persecution
for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5.3-10

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.

AllRejoice and be glad
for you are the light of the world,
and great is your reward in heaven. 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 10.1-10

Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. I can testify that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that ‘the person who does these things will live by them.’ But the righteousness that comes from faith says, ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” ’ (that is, to bring Christ down) ‘or “Who will descend into the abyss?” ’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say?
‘The word is near you,
   on your lips and in your heart’
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.

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

Lord, you will guide me with your counsel
and afterwards receive me with glory.
AllLord, you will guide me with your counsel
and afterwards receive me with glory.

For I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
AllAnd afterwards receive me with glory.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
AllLord, you will guide me with your counsel
and afterwards receive me with glory.

from Psalm 73

Gospel Canticle

The Magnificat (The Song of Mary) is normally said,
or the Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) (page 613) may be said

AllRemember your promise of mercy,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

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.

AllRemember your promise of mercy,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

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

The social services
All who work in the criminal justice system
Victims and perpetrators of crime
The work of aid agencies throughout the world
Those living in poverty or under oppression

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

Lord, you have taught us
that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ's sake,
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.