Night Prayer 4

How abundant is your goodness that you have laid up for those who fear you,
and accomplished for those who take refuge in you,
I will meditate on all your work,
and muse on your mighty deeds.
                            [Psalm 31:19 & 72:12]

              We 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 light 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.
                           

O God of all hopefulness, we pray for the fleshing out of your dream for your world.
“No more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress.”
Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven
“No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime.”
Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven
“They shall not labour in vain, or bear children for calamity. “
Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety
Our refuge and our stronghold, God, in whom we put our trust. deliver us from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. Cover us with your wings and make us safe under your feathers; Your faithfulness shall be our shield and buckler.

We have laboured in vain and lived dreams in disharmony to God’s.
              Pause for reflection.
Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Make our hearts clean, O God;
and renew a right spirit within us.

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, seeking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in the faith.

Hymn (suggested tune: Te Lucis)
O God, our day draws to its close,
we rest from this life’s ebbs and flows,
we ask that when we rest this night
disturbances do not alight.

And now we trust, at our day’s end,
that you our inward peace defend
and bring us at the new day’s start
to waken well and cheered of heart.
Amen.

And so may God + Lover, Beloved and Loving, sustain us this night, always and ever.
Amen.

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