Night Prayer 2

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.
Remember the wonderful works he has done,
we extol you, O God
and bless your name forever and ever
              [Psalms 105:4 & 145:1]

              Pause to reflect on what we have seen of God in the past day.
Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
A llght to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

                            ELLC Nunc Dimittis.
Hallowed be your name Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit:
As in the beginning; so now; and forever. Amen.

As we lie down to rest we lay before God the restless world.
Your lore and wisdom infuse the earth
fulfil your heavenly dreams among us.
Thwart ill-will and spiteful imaginings
Let justice, mercy and truth flourish for good.
Extend through your church a welcome to all
And entice the world to the feast of Fulfilment
Knit together Dayspring in the womb of night
Let darkness nurture new hopeful futures.
              Further concerns may be expressed …

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety
O God, your unstinting providence sustains the world, our lives, our living: Take care for us, and keep us ever mindful that our common weal flows from each other’s toil and care.
Amen.
                            [Adapted from a prayer in Compline, The Book of Common Prayer, ECUSA, 1979]

The following hymn may be sung (Tune: ‘Te Lucis’ traditional for Compline)
As now our day draws to its close,
we rest from this life’s ebbs and flows,
God grant that when we rest this night
disturbances do not alight.

For falling short and wrong things done
we ask forgiveness in your Son
and we do now give up our aims
for recompense and vengeful claims

Search us O God and know our hearts, test us and know our anxious thoughts;
See if there is any offensive way in us.
              Pause to recognise our wrongs of the day…
Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy blot out our transgressions.
Create in us clean hearts, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within us.
Jesus says: come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give them rest.
Thanks be to God.

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
For you have redeemed me, Lord God of truth.
I commend my spirit.
Keep me as the apple of your eye.
Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

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