3. An Evening Service of the Word

An Evening Service of the Word


Type of service

    A non-eucharistic evening service;

    A fully worked out sample, suitable for local reproduction;

    Designed to be suitable for regular use and for a variety of contexts.

Hymns and songs

Suggested places have been indicated. Note that the second response in the Greeting section might need to be changed if a hymn or song precedes, rather than follows, the Greeting.


Note that the confession and absolution have been used as part of the response to the Word, rather than at the beginning of the service.


A form of prayers of intercession has been included. Other forms can be used. Thanksgiving could use set prayers (such as the General Thanksgiving (G57) or one of the sets of acclamations (G22–G55)) or might be an opportunity for extempore prayer if the size of congregation and acoustics of the building are suitable.


If this service forms the principal service on a Sunday or Principal Holy Day then one of the authorized Creeds or Affirmations of Faith would need to be included. It might be added to the response to the Word, coming after the Confession and Praise and before the Prayers.

An Evening Service of the Word

We say together the words printed in bold.


The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with you

All   and also with you.

The glory of the Lord has risen upon us.

All   Let us rejoice and sing God’s praise for ever.

Song(s) or a hymn may be sung.

Opening Prayer

Faithful one, whose word is life:

come with saving power

to free our praise,

inspire our prayer

and shape our lives

for the kingdom of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.


O Lord, we call to you: come to us quickly.

All   Hear us when we cry to you.

Let our prayers rise up before you like incense.

All   Let our lifted hands be like an evening sacrifice.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

All   as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever.


The Word

A psalm, or a song or hymn based on a passage of Scripture, may be used.


At the end of each reading this response may be used

This is the word of the Lord.

All   Thanks be to God.

Response to God’s Word

Song(s) or a hymn may be sung.

Confession and Forgiveness

Christ the light of the world has come to dispel

the darkness of our hearts.

In his light let us examine ourselves and confess our sins.

Silence may be kept.

Let us admit to God the sin which always confronts us.

All   Lord God,

we have sinned against you;

we have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent.

Have mercy on us according to your love.

Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.

Renew a right spirit within us

and restore us to the joy of your salvation,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The minister declares God’s forgiveness.


Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe.

All   To you be glory and praise for ever.

From the rising of the sun to its setting

your name is proclaimed in all the world.

All   To you be glory and praise for ever.

When the time had fully come

you sent the Sun of Righteousness.

All   In him the fullness of your glory dwells.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

Song(s) or a hymn may be sung.

Prayers of Thanks and Intercession

This, or some other form, may be used:

(We pray to the Lord:

in faith we pray.

All   We pray to you our God.)

That the rest of this day may be holy,

peaceful and full of your presence;

in faith we pray.

All   We pray to you our God.

That the work we have done and the people we have met today

may bring us closer to you;

in faith we pray.

All   We pray to you our God.

That we may hear and respond to your call to peace and justice;

in faith we pray.

All   We pray to you our God.

That you will sustain the faith and hope of those who are lonely,

oppressed and anxious;

in faith we pray.

All   We pray to you our God.

That you will strengthen us in your service,

and fill our hearts with longing for your kingdom;

in faith we pray.

All   We pray to you our God.

God of mercy,

All   you know us and love us

and hear our prayer:

keep us in the eternal fellowship of Jesus Christ our Saviour.


The Collect

The prayer of the day is said.

The Lord’s Prayer

All   Our 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.


Song(s) or Hymn
Final Prayer

All   In darkness and in light,

in trouble and in joy,

help us, heavenly Father,

to trust your love,

to serve your purpose,

and to praise your name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Sending Out

A blessing, the Grace or the sharing of the Peace may conclude the service, or these responses may be used

Jesus Christ is the light of the world:

All   a light no darkness can quench.

Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening:

All   and the day is almost over.

The darkness is not dark to you:

All   the night is as bright as the day.

Let your light scatter the darkness:

All   and fill your church with your glory. Amen.

A service from New Patterns for Worship. Compilation copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2002.

New Patterns for Worship, material from which is included here,
is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2002 and published by Church House Publishing.

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