Evening Prayer
November 12, 2020

Candlelighting

You are invited to light a candle as we pray together:

God of light.
Be with those
who are in dark places.
Be with those
who are hungry or hurting.

Be with those who are in danger.
Be with those who today will die.
As we light this candle
kindle the flame of Your love in us.
Let us shine:
where You send us, where people need us.




Song As the Dark Awaits the Dawn



Reading Isaiah 43:1-3a


1But now thus says the Lord,
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.



Prayer

Gracious God, as a hen covers her chicks with her wings to keep them safe, protect us this night under your golden wings; for your mercy's sake. Amen.



Reading Romans 8:26-27

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.




Song Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace)




Reading John 10:14-15

[Jesus said,] 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.




Song Amazing Grace


1     Amazing grace! how sweet the sound
       that saved a wretch like me!
       I once was lost, but now am found;
       was blind, but now I see.

2     'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
       and grace my fears relieved;
       how precious did that grace appear
       the hour I first believed!

3     Through many dangers, toils, and snares               
       I have already come;
       'tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
       and grace will lead me home.



A Prayer (Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi)

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.




Blessing

May your life be a river.
May you flow with the purpose
of the One who created
and called you,
who directs your course
and turns you ever
toward home.

May your way shimmer
with the light of Christ
who goes with you
who bears you up
who calls you by name.

May you move
with the grace of the Spirit
who brooded over
the face of the waters
at the beginning
and who will gather you in
at the end.

~Jan Richardson, The Painted Prayerbook



As the Dark Awaits the Dawn, Text © 1963 Susan Palo Cherwien, admin. Augsburg Fortress; Music © 1997 Augsburg Fortress, Reprinted by permission under OneLicense #A-714459.

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