Evening Prayer
Lent
Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Preparation

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

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,
Allaccording to your judgement give us life.

One or more of the following is said or sung:

this or another prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
In the darkness of our sin you have shone in our hearts
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ.
Open our eyes to acknowledge your presence,
that freed from the misery of sin and shame
we may grow into your likeness from glory to glory.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
AllBlessed be God for ever.

A Song of Entreaty (page 568), the following or another suitable hymn

Lord Jesus, think on me,
and purge away my sin;
from earthborn passions set me free,
and make me pure within.

Lord Jesus, think on me
with many a care opprest;
let me thy loving servant be,
and taste thy promised rest.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
nor let me go astray;
through darkness and perplexity
point thou the heavenly way.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
that, when the flood is past,
I may the eternal brightness see,
and share thy joy at last.

George the Sinner, tr: A W Chatfield
(Tune: SM)

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 52

Refrain: I trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever.

1 Why do you glory in evil, you tyrant, 
while the goodness of God endures continually?

2 You plot destruction, you deceiver; 
your tongue is like a sharpened razor.

3 You love evil rather than good, 
falsehood rather than the word of truth.

4 You love all words that hurt, 
O you deceitful tongue.

5 Therefore God shall utterly bring you down; 
he shall take you and pluck you out of your tent
and root you out of the land of the living.

6 The righteous shall see this and tremble; 
they shall laugh you to scorn, and say:

7 ‘This is the one who did not take God for a refuge, 
but trusted in great riches and relied upon wickedness.’

8 But I am like a spreading olive tree in the house of God; 
I trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever.

9 I will always give thanks to you for what you have done; 
I will hope in your name,
for your faithful ones delight in it.

Refrain: I trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever.

Faithful and steadfast God,
nourish your people in this wicked world,
and, through prayer and the Scriptures,
give us our daily bread;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 91

Refrain: Keep me as the apple of your eye.

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High 
and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,

2 Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold, 
my God, in whom I put my trust.’

3 For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler 
and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He shall cover you with his wings
and you shall be safe under his feathers; 
his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler. R

5 You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, 
nor of the arrow that flies by day;

6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, 
nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.

7 Though a thousand fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand, 
yet it shall not come near you.

8 Your eyes have only to behold 
to see the reward of the wicked. R

9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge 
and the Most High your stronghold,

10 There shall no evil happen to you, 
neither shall any plague come near your tent.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, 
to keep you in all your ways.

12 They shall bear you in their hands, 
lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; 
the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. R

14 Because they have set their love upon me,
therefore will I deliver them; 
I will lift them up, because they know my name.

15 They will call upon me and I will answer them; 
I am with them in trouble,
I will deliver them and bring them to honour.

16 With long life will I satisfy them 
and show them my salvation.

Refrain: Keep me as the apple of your eye.

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
and, as you have bound us to yourself in love,
leave us not who call upon your name,
but grant us your salvation,
made known in the cross of 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.

Jeremiah 18.13-end


Therefore, thus says the Lord:
Ask among the nations:
   Who has heard the like of this?
The virgin Israel has done
   a most horrible thing.
Does the snow of Lebanon leave
   the crags of Sirion?
Do the mountain waters run dry,
   the cold flowing streams?
But my people have forgotten me,
   they burn offerings to a delusion;
they have stumbled in their ways,
   in the ancient roads,
and have gone into bypaths,
   not the highway,
making their land a horror,
   a thing to be hissed at for ever.
All who pass by it are horrified
   and shake their heads.
Like the wind from the east,
   I will scatter them before the enemy.
I will show them my back, not my face,
   on the day of their calamity.

Then they said, ‘Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah—for instruction shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us bring charges against him, and let us not heed any of his words.’


Give heed to me, O Lord,
   and listen to what my adversaries say!
Is evil a recompense for good?
   Yet they have dug a pit for my life.
Remember how I stood before you
   to speak good for them,
   to turn away your wrath from them.
Therefore give their children over to famine;
   hurl them out to the power of the sword,
let their wives become childless and widowed.
   May their men meet death by pestilence,
   their youths be slain by the sword in battle.
May a cry be heard from their houses,
   when you bring the marauder suddenly upon them!
For they have dug a pit to catch me,
   and laid snares for my feet.
Yet you, O Lord, know
   all their plotting to kill me.
Do not forgive their iniquity,
   do not blot out their sin from your sight.
Let them be tripped up before you;
   deal with them while you are angry.

Canticle

A Song of Christ the Servant, or another suitable canticle, for example, number 61 (page 619) or number 67 (page 625), may be said

Refrain:

AllChrist committed no sin,
no guile was found on his lips. Alleluia.

1Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,
that you should follow in his steps.

2He committed no sin, no guile was found on his lips,
when he was reviled, he did not revile in turn.

3When he suffered, he did not threaten,
but he trusted himself to God who judges justly.

4Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

5By his wounds, you have been healed,
for you were straying like sheep,
but have now returned
to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

1 Peter 2.21b-25

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.

AllChrist committed no sin,
no guile was found on his lips. Alleluia.

Scripture Reading

One or more readings appointed for the day are read.

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

John 10.11-21

‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.’

Again the Jews were divided because of these words. Many of them were saying, ‘He has a demon and is out of his mind. Why listen to him?’ Others were saying, ‘These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?’

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

Forsake me not, O Lord;
be not far from me, O my God.
AllForsake me not, O Lord;
be not far from me, O my God.
Make haste to help me,
O Lord of my salvation.
AllBe not far from me, O my God.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
AllForsake me not, O Lord;
be not far from me, O my God.

from Psalm 38

Gospel Canticle

The Magnificat (The Song of Mary) is normally said,
or A Song of Praise (page 627) may be said

Refrain:

AllCome, let us return to the Lord,
for our God will richly pardon.

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:

AllCome, let us return to the Lord,
for our God will richly pardon.

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 364–365

Those preparing for baptism and confirmation
Those serving through leadership
Those looking for forgiveness
Those misled by the false gods of this present age
All who are hungry

A form of prayer found on page 380 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

Merciful Lord,
absolve your people from their offences,
that through your bountiful goodness
we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins
which by our frailty we have committed;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for Jesus Christ's sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour,
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

Trusting in the compassion of God,
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)

Trusting in the compassion of God,
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

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.
AllAmen.

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