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30 June 2020


Music

Still 


I am aware of the seesaw balance of these times, when we know loss and uncertainty, and have also gained a slower understanding of love and life.
a knife edge we walk some days.

And the answer? 
The answer is the blessing of God, that gently blows in goodness, and grace, mercy and peace.

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
All  Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
All  who made heaven and earth.
A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used
All  Most merciful God,
we confess to you,
before the whole company of heaven and one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed
and in what we have failed to do.
Forgive us our sins,
heal us by your Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.
O God, make speed to save us.
All  O Lord, make haste to help us.
All  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.
Alleluia.


O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Reading: OT

One of the readings for today is Psalm 5 and in verse 14 the psalmist says:

14  For you, O Lord, will bless the righteous; •
   and with your favour you will defend them as with a shield.
 
God’s blessing is like a shield

Be not afraid start 0. 19

Poem from John Donohue


Reading NT

Matthew 8.23-27


And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A gale arose on the lake, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?’


Silence


Music

O radiant dawn James Macmillan

O Radiant Dawn, O Radiant Dawn, O Radiant Dawn
Splendour of Eternal Light
Sun of Justice, Sun of Justice, Sun of Justice

Come, come, come, come, come,
Come shine on those who dwell in darkness And the shadow of death

Isaiah had prophesied,
'The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light.
Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone'

O Radiant Dawn, O Radiant Dawn, O Radiant Dawn
Splendour of Eternal Light
Sun of Justice, Sun of Justice, Sun of Justice
Come, come, come, come, come,
Come shine on those who dwell in darkness And the shadow of death

Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen, amen.


The following responsory may be said
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
All  I commend my spirit.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung
All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.
1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦
your word has been fulfilled.
2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦
and the glory of your people Israel.
Luke 2.29-32
All  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.  
All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.

Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.
Collect
God our saviour,
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace
won for us by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.


The Lord’s Prayer



The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning,
All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.
All  Amen.

Music


The blessing 




23 June 2020


Etheldreda

Music



Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
All  Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
All  who made heaven and earth.
A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used
All  Most merciful God,
we confess to you,
before the whole company of heaven and one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed
and in what we have failed to do.
Forgive us our sins,
heal us by your Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.
O God, make speed to save us.
All  O Lord, make haste to help us.
All  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.
Alleluia.

Reading: OT/Poem

The story of Etheldreda and poem by Clare Crossman

Music

Spirit of God unseen as the wind



Reading NT

Jesus Visits Martha and Mary
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

One thing is needful, necessary, worth being concerned about..
one thing only is essential. 

Silence

Music

Ubi Caritas

Latin text

English translation
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Simul ergo cum in unum congregamur:
Ne nos mente dividamur, caveamus.
Cessent iurgia maligna, cessent lites.
Et in medio nostri sit Christus Deus.
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Simul quoque cum beatis videamus,
Glorianter vultum tuum, Christe Deus:
Gaudium quod est immensum, atque probum,
Saecula per infinita saeculorum. Amen.

Where charity and love are, there God is.
The love of Christ has gathered us into one.
Let us exult, and in Him be joyful.
Let us fear and let us love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love each other (and Him).
Where charity and love are, there God is.
Therefore, whensoever we are gathered as one:
Lest we in mind be divided, let us beware.
Let cease malicious quarrels, let strife give way.
And in the midst of us be Christ our God.
Where charity and love are, there God is.
Together also with the blessed may we see,
Gloriously, Thy countenance, O Christ our God:
A joy which is immense, and also approved:
Through infinite ages of ages. Amen.


The following responsory may be said
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
All  I commend my spirit.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung
All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.
1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦
your word has been fulfilled.
2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦
and the glory of your people Israel.
Luke 2.29-32
All  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.  
All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.

Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.

*Find rest, O my soul, in God alone:
my hope comes from Him.

Come we this night to the Father,
come we this night to the Son,
come we to the Holy Spirit powerful:
come we this night to God.
Come we this night with Christ,
come we with the Spirit of kindness,
Come we to Thee Jesus.
Jesus shelter us.

*By day the Lord directs His love;
at night His song is with me -
a prayer to the God of my life.

*Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.

We pray for all in hospital this night.

The Son of God be shielding them from harm,
the Son of God be shielding them from ill,
the Son of God be shielding them with power.
The Son of God be shielding them this night.

*Sleep, O sleep in the calm of each calm.
Sleep, o sleep in the guidance of all guidance.
Sleep, O sleep in the love of all loves.
Sleep, O beloved, in the Lord of life.
Sleep O beloved, in the God of life.

Collect

Eternal God,
who bestowed such grace upon your servant Etheldreda
that she gave herself wholly to the life of prayer
and to the service of your true religion:
grant that we, like her,
may so live our lives on earth seeking your kingdom
that by your guiding
we may be joined to the glorious fellowship of your saints;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Lord’s Prayer



The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning,
All  so do we look for you, O Christ.
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.
All  Amen.

Music

All through the night 



16 June 2020


Music

Venite Adoremus: Come, let us worship, let us worship God Almighty. 

 

You O God are our Saviour and Lord, in our stumbling be our shield. In our tiredness be our rest, in our darkness be our Light. 

 

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

 

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

All  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.

Alleluia.

 

Music

Nader: My God By U 

 


Psalm 33

1  Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, •

   for it is good for the just to sing praises.

2  Praise the Lord with the lyre; •

   on the ten-stringed harp sing his praise.

3  Sing for him a new song; •

   play skilfully, with shouts of praise.

4  For the word of the Lord is true •

   and all his works are sure.

5  He loves righteousness and justice; •

   the earth is full of the loving-kindness of the Lord.

6  By the word of the Lord were the heavens made •

   and all their host by the breath of his mouth.

7  He gathers up the waters of the sea as in a waterskin •

   and lays up the deep in his treasury.

8  Let all the earth fear the Lord; •

   stand in awe of him, all who dwell in the world.

9  For he spoke, and it was done; •

   he commanded, and it stood fast.

10  The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to naught; •

   he frustrates the designs of the peoples.

11  But the counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever •

   and the designs of his heart from generation to generation.

12  Happy the nation whose God is the Lord •

   and the people he has chosen for his own.

13  The Lord looks down from heaven •

   and beholds all the children of earth.

14  From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze •

   on all who dwell on the earth.

15  He fashions all the hearts of them •

   and understands all their works.

16  No king is saved by the might of his host; •

   no warrior delivered by his great strength.

17  A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; •

   for all its strength it cannot save.

18  Behold, the eye of the Lord

      is upon those who fear him, •

   on those who wait in hope for his steadfast love,

19  To deliver their soul from death •

   and to feed them in time of famine.

20  Our soul waits longingly for the Lord; •

   he is our help and our shield.

21  Indeed, our heart rejoices in him; •

   in his holy name have we put our trust.

22  Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, •

   as we have set our hope on you.

 

 

All  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.

 

Scripture Reading

 

Matthew 5.43-end

 

‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

Silence

 

Music

Due Tramonti : Einaudi 

 

 

The following responsory may be said

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  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.  

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers

 

Today in the Church we celebrate the life of Richard, Bishop of Chichester in the 13th century.

Richard was an excellent model of a diocesan bishop, accessible, generous and yet fair in his dealings with those in need of correction. 

Richard’s prayer has remained in wide use in the centuries since his death:

Thanks be to Thee,

My Lord Jesus Christ

for all the benefits thou hast given me,

for all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for me.

O most merciful redeemer,

friend and brother,

may I know thee more dearly

and follow thee more nearly

day by day.

 

Richard Bishop of Chichester 

 

The Collect

Silence may be kept.

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,

and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;

may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace,

and may your blessing be always upon us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All  Amen.

 

May the Spirit pour upon you as you sleep,

work in you as you dream, take the frowning from your brows, and wake you up refreshed.

 

The Lord’s Prayer may be said.

 

 

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

The Lord bless us and watch over us;

the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;

the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.

All  Amen.

 

Music

I will lay me down in peace and sleep



9 June 2020

 

Music

 

Welcome

 

On Sunday, it was Trinity Sunday, celebrating God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Creator, Redeemer and  Guide. 

The nature of the Trinity is such that we find it so difficult to articulate,

but the trisagion prayer is really resonant. 

 

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy upon us. 

 

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

All  Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord

All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

 

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,

we confess to you,

before the whole company of heaven and one another,

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed

and in what we have failed to do.

Forgive us our sins,

heal us by your Spirit

and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Silence 

 

All  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.

Alleluia.

 

OT Reading

Isaiah 40

The Lord Has No Equal

12 Who else has held the oceans in his hand?

Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers?

Who else knows the weight of the earth

or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?

13 Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord?

Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?

14 Has the Lord ever needed anyone’s advice?

Does he need instruction about what is good?

Did someone teach him what is right

or show him the path of justice?

15 No, for all the nations of the world

are but a drop in the bucket.

They are nothing more

than dust on the scales.

He picks up the whole earth

as though it were a grain of sand.

16 All the wood in Lebanon’s forests

and all Lebanon’s animals would not be enough

to make a burnt offering worthy of our God.

17 The nations of the world are worth nothing to him.

In his eyes they count for less than nothing—

mere emptiness and froth.

18 To whom can you compare God?

What image can you find to resemble him?

19 Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold,

overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?

20 Or if people are too poor for that,

they might at least choose wood that won’t decay

and a skilled craftsman

to carve an image that won’t fall down!

21 Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand?

Are you deaf to the words of God—

the words he gave before the world began?

Are you so ignorant?

22 God sits above the circle of the earth.

The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!

He spreads out the heavens like a curtain

and makes his tent from them.

23 He judges the great people of the world

and brings them all to nothing.

24 They hardly get started, barely taking root,

when he blows on them and they wither.

The wind carries them off like chaff.

25 “To whom will you compare me?

Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.

26 Look up into the heavens.

Who created all the stars?

He brings them out like an army, one after another,

calling each by its name.

Because of his great power and incomparable strength,

not a single one is missing.

27 O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?

O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?

28 Have you never heard?

Have you never understood?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of all the earth.

He never grows weak or weary.

No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

29 He gives power to the weak

and strength to the powerless.

30 Even youths will become weak and tired,

and young men will fall in exhaustion.

31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.

They will soar high on wings like eagles.

They will run and not grow weary.

They will walk and not faint.

 

Today the church celebrates the life of St Columba, the Irish monk who founded Iona, and he writes of God the creator: 

 

At once, when the stars were made, lights of the firmament,

the angels praised for His wonderful creating

the Lord of this immense mass, the craftsman of the Heavens.

With a praiseworthy proclamation, fitting and unchanging,

in excellent symphony they gave thanks to the Lord

not out of any endowment of nature, but out of love and choice.

 

All  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.

 

Music

Come Down O Love Divine


 

Scripture Reading

In Jesus’ long conversations with his disciples before he went to Jerusalem and the cross, he talks of the way that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are. 

 

John 14

15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

 

Music

If ye love meThomas Tallis


 

 

The following responsory may be said

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.

All  I commend my spirit.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  

your word has been fulfilled.

2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  

which you have prepared in the sight of every people;

3    A light to reveal you to the nations  

and the glory of your people Israel.

Luke 2.29-32

All  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.  

All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,

and guard us while sleeping,

that awake we may watch with Christ

and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.

 

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy upon us. 

 

The Collect

Almighty God,

who filled the heart of Columba

with the joy of the Holy Spirit

and with deep love for those in his care:

may your pilgrim people follow him,

strong in faith, sustained by hope,

and one in the love that binds us to you;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Silence may be kept.

 

Columba’s prayer was for three gifts: 

purity, wisdom and prophecy

 

The gift of the soul is prophecy, he says, we may not have asked for such a gift and yet it is one that we all need at all times, none more than now:

for it enlarges our vision, that we may see.

enlarge our vision O God, that we may see.


Silence

 

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,

and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;

may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace,

and may your blessing be always upon us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All  Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer  may be said.

 

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;

All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus,

All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning,

All  so do we look for you, O Christ.

[Come with the dawning of the day

All  and make yourself known in the breaking of the bread.]

The Lord bless us and watch over us;

the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;

the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.

All  Amen.

 

Music


 


2 June 2020

Our Father …


Welcome


I am very aware today of the injustice and subsequent chaos unleashed in America after the death of George Floyd. 
This Compline service is in reflection of this position in our world.

Preparation

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
All  Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
All  who made heaven and earth.
A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used
All  Most merciful God,
we confess to you,
before the whole company of heaven and one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed
and in what we have failed to do.
Forgive us our sins,
heal us by your Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.
O God, make speed to save us.
All  O Lord, make haste to help us.
All  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.
Alleluia.

Hymn
For what we have done



The Word of God


Psalm 143

A psalm of David.
1 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
listen to my plea!
Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
2 Don’t put your servant on trial,
for no one is innocent before you.
3 My enemy has chased me.
He has knocked me to the ground
and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave.
4 I am losing all hope;
I am paralyzed with fear.
5 I remember the days of old.
I ponder all your great works
and think about what you have done.
6 I lift my hands to you in prayer.
I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.

 Psalm 134
1  Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, •
   you that by night stand in the house of the Lord.
2  Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary •
   and bless the Lord.
3  The Lord who made heaven and earth •
   give you blessing out of Zion.


All  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.


Scripture Reading

Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
Matthew 11.28-end

Silence

Music
Be Still


A certain one told this story: 
There were three earnest men, that loved one another, and they became monks. And one of them chose to live according to that which is written: Blessed are the peacemakers. The second chose to visit the sick. But the third went away to be quiet in solitude. Now the first toiling amid the contentions of men was not able to appease them all. And overcome with weariness he came to him who tended the sick, and found him also failing in spirit, and unable to carry out his purpose. And the two agreed together and went away to see him who had withdrawn into the desert, and they told him their tribulations. And they asked him to tell them how he himself had fared. And he was silent for a while, and then poured water into a vessel and said, “Look, upon the water.” And it was murky. And after a little while he said again, “Look now, how clear the water has become.” And as they looked into the water they saw their own faces, as in a mirror. And then he said to them, “So is he who abides in the midst of men: because of the turbulence, he cannot see: but when he has been quiet, above all in solitude, then does he recognise his own default.”


They asked the abbot Macarius, saying, “How ought we to pray?” and the old man said, “There is no need of much speaking in prayer, but often stretch out your hands and say, ‘Lord, as Thou Will and as Thou knowest, have mercy upon me.’ But if there is war in your soul, add, ‘Help me.’ And because He knows what we need, He shows us His mercy.”




The following responsory may be said
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
All  I commend my spirit.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Gospel Canticle

The Nunc dimittis (The Song of Simeon) is said or sung
All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.
1    Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:  ♦
your word has been fulfilled.
2    My own eyes have seen the salvation  ♦
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
3    A light to reveal you to the nations  ♦
and the glory of your people Israel.
Luke 2.29-32
All  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.  
All  Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.

Prayers

Intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered here.

The 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.

Silence may be kept.

Collect

Look down, O God, from your heavenly throne,
illuminate the darkness of this night with your celestial brightness,
and from the children of light banish the deeds of darkness;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.


Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,
and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;
may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All  Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer may be said.

A statement of interdependence
I do not stand alone
but with others to support me
I will stand my ground.

I do not see the way
but with others to walk it with me
I can make a path.

I do not possess the truth
but with others to witness to what they know
I will be able to discern what is right.

I cannot master all the skills
but with others who will lend their accomplishments
I can do enough.

I cannot carry every burden
but with others to share it
I may bear my own load.

I cannot meet all the needs
but with others to nourish and replenish me
I will be able to give enough.

I am not invincible
but with others to reach out a hand
I may learn from my mistakes and start again.

The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning,
All  so do we look for you, O Christ.
[Come with the dawning of the day
All  and make yourself known in the breaking of the bread.]
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.
All  Amen.

Music
Da pacem domine





Special Compline Pentecost Sunday 31 May 2020

                                            
The hymn Veni Creator Spiritus (as it is known by Latin title) has been a staple for worship in our faith for centuries. Tradition attributes the authorship of its original Latin text to Rabanus Maurus, the abbot of Fulda and archbishop of Mainz in the 9th century AD.
This hymn is sung or spoken at Pentecost and throughout the year at Vespers, and at such solemn occasions as dedications of churches and ordinations of priests. It makes a moving plea for help and guidance from the Holy Spirit.

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, 
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,

and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God's hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father,
Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o'erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply. 

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.

Welcome

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
All  Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
All  who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.
The following or other suitable words of penitence may be used

All  Most merciful God,
we confess to you,
before the whole company of heaven and one another,
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed
and in what we have failed to do.
Forgive us our sins,
heal us by your Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.

All  O Lord, make haste to help us.

All  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.
Alleluia.

Silence 


Poem :

George Herbert: Whitsunday 1633

Listen sweet Dove unto my song,
     And spread thy golden wings in me;
     Hatching my tender heart so long,
Till it get wing, and flie away with thee.

     Where is that fire which once descended
     On thy Apostles? thou didst then
     Keep open house, richly attended,
Feasting all comers by twelve chosen men.

     Such glorious gifts thou didst bestow,
     That th’ earth did like a heav’n appeare;
     The starres were coming down to know
If they might mend their wages, and serve here.

     The sunne, which once did shine alone,
     Hung down his head, and wisht for night,
     When he beheld twelve sunnes for one
Going about the world, and giving light.

     But since those pipes of gold, which brought
     That cordiall water to our ground,
     Were cut and martyr’d by the fault
Of those, who did themselves through their side wound,

     Thou shutt’st the doore, and keep’st within;
     Scarce a good joy creeps through the chink:
     And if the braves of conqu’ring sinne
Did not excite thee, we should wholly sink.

     Lord, though we change, thou art the same;
     The same sweet God of love and light:
     Restore this day, for thy great name,
Unto his ancient and miraculous right.

Veni Santus Spiritus


Psalm 91

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.’

Poem:

And chiefly, Thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer
before all temples the upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for thou know’st; thou from the first
Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread
Dove-like sat’st brooding on the vast abyss,
and mad’st it pregnant: what in me is dark
Illumine, what is low raise and support;
That to the height of this great argument
I may assert eternal Providence,
And justify the ways of God to men. 

John Milton: Paradise Lost Book 1: 17-26

Psalm 134

1    Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,  ♦
you that by night stand in the house of the Lord.
2    Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary  ♦
and bless the Lord.
3    The Lord who made heaven and earth  ♦
give you blessing out of Zion.

At the end of the psalmody, the following is said or sung
All  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.



Rit: Hallelujah. (6v.)

1.How can I tell? It is a joy that makes people cry and makes people cry:
I saw him with my own eyes, he was alive was He.
And he called me by name, it was his voice was my Lord!
I saw it with my own eyes, it was there, in front of me. Rit. 

2.The angels spoke to us, before that gaping tomb:
"Women, the Lord has risen; don't look for him here.
What a breathless rush, to shout at everyone of that morning:
the whole world must know that he has stayed here among us. Rit. 

3.Dawn of a different time: it is the morning of mornings for the universe.
Everything already smells eternal: there is the Risen among us.
And his wounds and glory are alive within our history,
signs of a love that stays here forever, here with us. Rit. 

Joel 2

I will repay you for the years
   that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
   my great army, which I sent against you. 
Then afterwards
   I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
   your old men shall dream dreams,
   and your young men shall see visions. 
Even on the male and female slaves,
   in those days, I will pour out my spirit. 

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Alleluia, alleluia.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Alleluia, alleluia.
For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
All  Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
All  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Alleluia, alleluia.
Keep me as the apple of your eye.
All  Hide me under the shadow of your wings.


Gospel reading:

Luke 24

Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’


Come Holy Ghost 



Poem :

Kevin Hart  - Prayer



The Collect:


God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Silence may be kept.
Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,
and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;
may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All  Amen.

Our Father …


The Lord’s Prayer Traditional Form 

Our 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 that 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

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
All  for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
All  for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning,
All  so do we look for you, O Christ.
[Come with the dawning of the day
All  and make yourself known in the breaking of the bread.]
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.
All  Amen.











26 May 2020

Intro

Welcome

Today, I want to mull a little on where we are in the church calendar, between Ascension day and Pentecost, and what it is to have Jesus ascended into heaven, what that means for us who are so earth-bound?

Thanks to Jacob for music recommendations today.

MUSIC
God has gone up with a merry noise 


Reading 1

1 John 3.1-10


See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. … Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

There is a poem by Malcolm Guite celebrating the Ascension which you can Google to read.

Silence

Earth has become part of heaven's story.

We sing the waning darkness into light
our task, our purpose our calling?
-to sing the darkness into light
through our words and our actions

Music

Night Prayer (Owain Park)


I liked the light represented in that video, think of ourselves as a light that lights the world we walk and drive and cycle around as a path of light moving around.

Psalm

84
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! 

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. 
Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.  Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 
As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 
They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. 
Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. 
Look on our shield, O God; look with favour on your anointed one. 
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favour and honour; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 
Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. 

Silence

 

Reading 2


What it is to have humanity in heaven?
Jesus rises with earth on his feet, look at this picture of our window in the church:

Harston Church window

Earth has become part of heaven's story.

So now I want you to look at  Rublev’s icon, his most well-known work, of the Triune God sitting together around a table…
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

Rublev Icon


They are so still, so present to each other, they are with each other…
and when Jesus ascended, he was back, with them. How wonderful that homecoming, that time (although they are beyond time!) once again together..

We long for that.

But Jesus is back in heaven having taken humanity from earth to heaven,
because our humanity is vitally who God wants us to be.

There is a wonderful poem from Rowan Williams (copyright means we cannot print it but you can look it up) called Rublev, where he imagines the wonderful master icon painter visited by God who asks him to paint God with humanity…

Music

Byrd Non vos reliquat orphanos


Prayers


Great God we are rooted here in time and place ...
Saviour, bless us and redeem us.

Lord Jesus Christ , you are rooted here in us 
Help us to sense your presence amongst us, O Christ.

Holy Spirit, 
restore stillness to our being, this night and every day and night. 

Song of Simeon 


Save us, Lord, while we are awake, protect us while we sleep, that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace. Amen. 
At last all-powerful Master, you give leave to your servant to go in peace, according to your promise. For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared for all nations, a light to enlighten the Gentiles and give glory to your people, Israel. 
Save us, Lord, while we are awake, protect us while we sleep, that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace. Amen. 


Blessing: 

May God grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen. 


Music and leaving

I am with you always John  Rutter






19 May 2020

Music

 


Intro

In our Christian calendar we are approaching Ascension Day. 

For several weeks after the Resurrection, Jesus has come in and out of the disciples' lives,  giving them reassurance, restoration, teaching, and breakfast!


Reading 1


John 16:7 


Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 

 

The Holy Spirit to go amongst us, at home, on our gardens, in our walks, in our meetings with friends, colleagues and neighbours.

 

Silence

 

Psalm

84
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! 

 

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. 

Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.  Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 

As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 

They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. 

Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. 

Look on our shield, O God; look with favour on your anointed one. 

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favour and honour; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 

Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. 

 

We miss our own parish church, the quiet homeliness of it, the ancient stones and beautiful glass, we give thanks to God for its beauty, serenity and its memories that speak to us, of those who have gone before us, and those around us and those new joining us.

 

Silence


Music


Be still my soul




 

So this week I was particularly struck by an email from someone in our parishes who said how thankful she was for home at this time, for a place of love and quietness, for contentment.

 

Reading 2


Psalm 128 

1  Blessed are all those who fear the Lord, •

   and walk in his ways.

2  You shall eat the fruit of the toil of your hands; •

   it shall go well with you, and happy shall you be.

3  Your wife within your house

      shall be like a fruitful vine; •

   your children round your table,

      like fresh olive branches.

4  Thus shall the one be blest •

   who fears the Lord.

5  The Lord from out of Zion bless you, •

   that you may see Jerusalem in prosperity

      all the days of your life.

6  May you see your children’s children, •

   and may there be peace upon Israel.

 

- the contentment of domesticity.

 

 

Music 


Find rest my soul



Prayers


Song of Simeon 


Save us, Lord, while we are awake, protect us while we sleep, that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace. Amen. 

At last all-powerful Master, you give leave to your servant to go in peace, according to your promise. For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared for all nations, a light to enlighten the Gentiles and give glory to your people, Israel. 

Save us, Lord, while we are awake, protect us while we sleep, that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace. Amen. 

Blessing: 


May God grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen. 



 



12 May 2020


Music

The Ground: Ola Gjeilo.

  

A candle is lit. 

Lighten our darkness, Creator, Redeemer and Friend. 

 

I’m thinking about distance tonight. 

We have had to think a lot about this business of near and far and how near and how far, in recent weeks.

I was listening to Simon Armitage, our Poet Laureate this week and he has two very different poems on distance and I want to include them tonight.

 

Many of the Psalms deal with distance.  feeling the distance of God is a common human experience, and was even the experience of the man that God called his friend, King David.

 

Psalm 13


1 O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?

How long will you look the other way?

2 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,

with sorrow in my heart every day?

How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

 

3 Turn and answer me, O Lord my God!

Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.

4 Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!”

Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.

 

5 But I trust in your unfailing love.

I will rejoice because you have rescued me.

6 I will sing to the Lord

because he is good to me.

 

Silence

 

Poem : 


All Right? Simon Armitage


 

  

Music

and from an album by 

Sara Groves: called

All Right Here : You Cannot Lose My Love

 

Psalm


84
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! 

 

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. 

Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.  Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 

As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 

They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. 

Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. 

Look on our shield, O God; look with favour on your anointed one. 

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favour and honour; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 

Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. 


Silence

 

Poem:


Dear London: Simon Armitage


 

  

God doesn’t, like an unwelcome lover, sit on our shoulder, directing our every move.

God is the great respecter of persons, calling us, but allowing us to answer. Loving us but letting us demonstrate our willingness to be loved. 

 

Psalm 91

 

1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High

will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 This I declare about the Lord:

He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;

he is my God, and I trust him.

3 For he will rescue you from every trap

and protect you from deadly disease.

4 He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,

nor the arrow that flies in the day.

6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,

nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

 

14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.

I will protect those who trust in my name.

15 When they call on me, I will answer;

I will be with them in trouble.

I will rescue and honor them.

16 I will reward them with a long life

and give them my salvation.”

 

Music

Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring: Chloe Agnew

 

 

Prayers: 

Great God of closeness and distance,

give us faith to see you when you are not visible,

let us trust in your unfailing love

 

We pray this night
for those now safe within their walls,
for those who watch and those who wake, for all who  work and all who sleep,
for your name’s sake. 

Bless, Christ, this night
our friends, our thoughts, our memories, 

our neighbours near and far,
in fear, in peace, in rest and hope. 

We recall our neighbours here
those who will wake to work, to pressure, who may have power to change lives near and far away and those with power to care for lives near and far away.

We pray for all who live in tense homes who strive for reconciliation amid demands and expectations;
who pay a price in drink, drugs, Internet or finance.
We pray for their children. 

We pray for those who sleep without a roof, for refugee and stranger, for those who support and those who turn away,
for those who seek new paths through life,
for those who know loneliness, loss, and languishing, 

We pray, good Lord that here this night there may be peace
and the sleep of restfulness,
that we may wake refreshed
and explore again the gift of life in its fullness. 

We say: 

Spirit of the living God, present with us now, enter into us, body, mind and spirit, and heal us of all that harms us, in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Lord’s Prayer 

 

Song of Simeon: 

Save us, Lord, while we are awake, protect us while we sleep, that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace. Amen. 

At last all-powerful Master, you give leave to your servant to go in peace, according to your promise. For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared for all nations, a light to enlighten the Gentiles and give glory to your people, Israel. 

Save us, Lord, while we are awake, protect us while we sleep, that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace. Amen. 

Blessing: 

May God grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen. 

 

Music and leaving

The Ground: Ola Gjeilo

 



5 May 2020


Intro music 

from Jacob and Luke Fitzgerald:  Fauré: Après un Rêve


 

A candle is lit. (do light one in your own space)

Lighten our darkness, Creator, Redeemer and Friend. 

 

Opening poem

For those who are exhausted: A Blessing

John Donohue

 

Music

In beauty may I walk - Voces 8 

 

 

NT Reading

John 10:24-30

The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

 Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”


Silence

 

Psalm

84How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! 

 

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. 

Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.  Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 

As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 

They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. 

Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. 

Look on our shield, O God; look with favour on your anointed one. 

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favour and honour; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 

Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. 

 

Silence

 

Music

 

NT Reading

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

 

Music

Shackleton's cross - Howard Goodall

 

Prayers: 

Song of Simeon: 

Save us, Lord, while we are awake, protect us while we sleep, that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace. Amen. 

At last all-powerful Master, you give leave to your servant to go in peace, according to your promise. For my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared for all nations, a light to enlighten the Gentiles and give glory to your people, Israel. 

Save us, Lord, while we are awake, protect us while we sleep, that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with him in peace. Amen. 

Blessing: 

May God grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen. 

 

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