Evening Prayer 13th March 2017

THE PREPARATION

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

Let your ways be known upon earth,
your saving power among the nations.

Glory 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.

THE WORD OF GOD

Psalm 64

  1. Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
    preserve my life from the dread enemy.
  2. Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
    from the scheming of evildoers,
  3. who whet their tongues like swords,
    who aim bitter words like arrows,
  4. shooting from ambush at the blameless;
    they shoot suddenly and without fear.
  5. They hold fast to their evil purpose;
    they talk of laying snares secretly,
    thinking, ‘Who can see us?
  6. Who can search out our crimes?
    We have thought out a cunningly conceived plot.’
    For the human heart and mind are deep.
  7. But God will shoot his arrow at them;
    they will be wounded suddenly.
  8. Because of their tongue he will bring them to ruin;
    all who see them will shake with horror.
  9. Then everyone will fear;
    they will tell what God has brought about,
    and ponder what he has done.
  10. Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord
    and take refuge in him.
    Let all the upright in heart glory.

Psalm 65

  1. Praise is due to you,
    O God, in Zion;
    and to you shall vows be performed,
  2. O you who answer prayer!
    To you all flesh shall come.
  3. When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
    you forgive our transgressions.
  4. Happy are those whom you choose and bring near
    to live in your courts.
    We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
    your holy temple.
  5. By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
    O God of our salvation;
    you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
    and of the farthest seas.
  6. By your strength you established the mountains;
    you are girded with might.
  7. You silence the roaring of the seas,
    the roaring of their waves,
    the tumult of the peoples.
  8. Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs;
    you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.
  9. You visit the earth and water it,
    you greatly enrich it;
    the river of God is full of water;
    you provide the people with grain,
    for so you have prepared it.
  10. You water its furrows abundantly,
    settling its ridges,
    softening it with showers,
    and blessing its growth.
  11. You crown the year with your bounty;
    your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
  12. The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
    the hills gird themselves with joy,
  13. the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
    the valleys deck themselves with grain,
    they shout and sing together for joy.

Glory 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.

Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, ‘What do you want?’ or, ‘Why are you speaking with her?’ Then the woman left her water-jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?’ They left the city and were on their way to him.

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But he said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ So the disciples said to one another, ‘Surely no one has brought him something to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, “Four months more, then comes the harvest”? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, “One sows and another reaps.” I sent you to reap that for which you did not labour. Others have laboured, and you have entered into their labour.’

Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I have ever done.’ So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there for two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Saviour of the world.’ (St John 4.27-42)

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE: MAGNIFICAT – THE SONG OF MARY

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

  1. And Mary said,
    ‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
  2. and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
  3. for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
  4. for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
  5. His mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
  6. He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
  7. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
    and lifted up the lowly;
  8. he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and sent the rich away empty.
  9. He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
  10. according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’ (St Luke 1.46-55)

Glory 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.

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

THE PRAYERS

THE KYRIES

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Trusting in the compassion of God,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray
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.
Amen.

THE COLLECT

Almighty God,
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are
agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

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