Evening Prayer Service after Epiphany

•January 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

PREPARATION

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

From the rising of the sun to its setting
your glory is proclaimed in all the world.
Come, Now is the Time to Worship

                     Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

One or more of the following is said or sung:

this or another prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God,
our light and our salvation,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
You gave your Christ as a light to the nations,
and through the anointing of the Spirit
you established us as a royal priesthood.
As you call us into your marvelous light,
may our lives bear witness to your truth
and our lips never cease to proclaim your praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.            


O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him, the Lord is his name!

Low at his feet lay thy burden of carefulness,
high on his heart he will bear it for thee,
comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness,
guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.

Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine:
truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
these are the offerings to lay on his shrine.

These though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
he will accept for the name that is dear;
mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,
trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him, the Lord is his name!        
J S B Monsell


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.
Amen.                        
O Lord, To You


Refrain:    You created all things, O God,

and are worthy of our praise for ever.

 

You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honour and power.
(Refrain)

 

For you have created all things,
and by your will they have their being.
(Refrain)

 

You are worthy, O Lamb, for you were slain,
and by your blood you ransomed for God
saints from every tribe and language and nation.
(Refrain)

 

You have made them to be a kingdom and priests
serving our God,
and they will reign with you on earth.
(Refrain)

Revelation 4.11; 5.9b, 10

To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour and glory and might,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

You created all things, O God,
and are worthy of our praise for ever.

To Him Who Sits On The Throne

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

These scriptural verses are to be used throughout the time

after Epiphany (from the Baptism of the Lord through the

Transfiguration of the Lord) as a repeating, seasonal “envelope”

around the Prayer of Confession for the day.

Though darkness covers the earth,             Isa. 60:2

and thick darkness the peoples;

the Lord will arise; God’s glory will appear.

 

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful:
we pray to you, O Lord.

 

That your holy angels may lead us in the paths of peace

and goodwill:
we pray to you, O Lord.

 

That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offences:
we pray to you, O Lord.

 

That there may be peace in your Church and for the whole world:
we pray to you, O Lord.

 

That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit,
in communion with all your saints,
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ:
we pray to you, O Lord.

 

Arise, shine; for your light has come!             Isa. 60:1

The glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

 

Almighty and ever-living God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth,

hear our prayers for this congregation and community.

Strengthen the faithful,

arouse the careless, and restore the penitent.

Grant us all things necessary for our common life,

and bring us all to be of one heart and mind

within your holy church;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

The Response here may be sung after each of the following petitions:

“O Lord, Hear My Prayer… when I call, answer me… Come and listen to me.”

 

In peace, let us pray to Jesus our Lord,
who ever lives to make intercession for us.

 

Savior of the world,
be present in all places of suffering, violence and pain,
and bring hope even in the darkest night.

Inspire us to continue your work of reconciliation today. R

 

Lord of the Church,
empower by your Spirit all Christian people,
and the work of your Church in every land.
Give us grace to proclaim the gospel joyfully in word and deed. R

 

Shepherd and Guardian of our souls,
guide and enable all who lead and serve this community
and those on whom we depend for our daily needs.
Grant that we may seek the peace and welfare of this place. R

 

Great Physician,
stretch out your hand to bring comfort, wholeness and peace
to all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit.
Fill us with compassion, that we may be channels of
your healing love. R

 

Conqueror of death,
remember for good those whom we love but see no longer.
Help us to live this day in the sure and certain hope of
your eternal victory. R

 

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

 

Open prayer may be offered and silence is kept.

The Collect and Lord’s Prayer follow.

 

AN EVENING COLLECT

Lighten our darkness,
Lord, we pray,
and in your great mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night,
for the love of your only Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

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IMDb: When the Game Stands Tall

•January 9, 2015 • 1 Comment

Coach Bob: It’s as if life has taken more than it gives, and I am lost.

“Life is full of all sorts of setbacks and twists and turns and disappointments. The character of this team will be how well you will come back from this letdown, this defeat. You could still be a great team and you can still accomplish great things… but it’s going to take a real resolve to do it.” -Coach Ladouceur”
― Neil Hayes, When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football’s Longest Winning Streak

Coach Bob: I truly believe the best things in life happen when we lose something or something challenging happens.

“Life’s most impressionable lessons are when something challenging happens and confronts you.” – Coach Ladouceur

When the Game Stands Tall

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Bodies, Debris Found in AirAsia Search – The Wall Street Journal

•December 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

O Lord, in your mercy..prayers for families of those aboard flight QZ8501 as “Bodies, Debris Found in AirAsia Search”

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the hardest part of saying goodbye

•November 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The hardest part of saying goodbye is having to do it again every single day. Every day we face the same truth that life is fleeting that our time here is short and to honor the fallen we must live our own lives well.

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@OTHpicquotes

(Chad Michael Murray as Lucas Eugene Scott in One Tree Hill: “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, Season 6, Episode 4)

IMDb: A Man Called Peter

•August 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

family movie Sunday matinée @Espiritus

“If the Bible is true, and Christ has not deceived us, there awaits beyond the curtain a life that will never end, a life of beauty and peace and love. A life of reunion with loved ones who, like ourselves, have trusted in the very presence of God.”

(Richard Todd as The Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall in “A Man Called Peter”)

A Man Called Peter
http://imdb.com/rg/an_share/title/title/tt0048337/

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IF/THEN review

•August 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-scene/Review-Idina-Menzel-Shines-in-IfThen-253125321.html

This appears to be a fairly accurate evaluation with adequately reasoned opinion(s) related to the current Broadway production. Idina Menzel definitely makes and for the most part carries the show! A virtual tour de force theatrical performance — such a formidably impressive vocal powerhouse of live talent that astoundingly overwhelms and singularly blows you away, surrounded at times throughout the play by other highly gifted thespians and vocalists that makes for a stellar ensemble and celebrated cast, well worthwhile seeing and hearing. I especially appreciated, following a brief intermission, the second act filled with greater depth and meaningful exploration of emotional trials and possibilities for coping in the midst of facing significant challenges with due consideration of existential, psychological and theological themes. Kudos to the one and only “wickedly talented” award winning performer, Ms. Idina Menzel and company for an enjoyably filling evening of delightful artistry.
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addendum: While the first act may have dealt more with wandering through emotional wonderings of what might have been/could be concerning various possibilities for dating/relationships, the second act delved more deeply into palpable issues of grief and loss which served apropos to be timely cathartic with tears flowing in moments of reminiscence for this viewer in the audience, personally experiencing such a poignantly dramatic portrayal rendered with soberingly affecting authenticity. For this I must express heartfelt gratitude to Ms. Menzel and all involved in making this production such a real event and labor of love with performance upon performance each time well depicting our common humanity. Well done, cast & crew and orchestra, et al. — well done, indeed! With regards and appreciation for you and your work in live theater and the arts…. RE

IMDb: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

•July 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

When the doctor called me and told me he had cancer…. I burst into a flood of tears…. That’s the way I cried when John died.

And then I cried no more! … But I said, “I’ve got to, I gotta, gotta get going and see what I can find now,” ’cause I loved being married, and I loved being in love, and I loved all that. So where am I gonna find that again? And I never did. I never did.

(Elaine Stritch, [r.i.p.])

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
http://imdb.com/rg/an_share/title/title/tt2405792/

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