A simple form of evening prayer and candle lighting *
At St Mary's we would like to invite you to join us in a short time of prayer every day at 7pm. It involves lighting a candle and placing it in the window and then saying the following prayers as individuals or as households. You can join with others in these prayers on our Facebook page.
The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth.
A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
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 following may be listened to Christ Alone Cornerstone
The reading for the day (see below)**
The candle is lit and the following prayer is said
Heavenly Father, accept this burning candle as a sign of faith and love.
Like this candle, bring light into our world
Even as this candle is lit may we know your presence
and be consumed in the warmth of your love.
In your mercy, Lord hear our prayer.
In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
Abide with us, Lord Jesus
for the night is at hand and the day is now past.
As the night watch looks for the morning
so do we look for you, O Christ.
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
Monday - Psalm 42
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace. Amen.
Psalm 42 talks about us thirsting for God, meeting with him. A love relationship with God. Does that surprise you, shock you even? As you pray today, be listening for God to speak to you and move into a deeper relationship with him.
Tuesday - Ephesians 3 v 14-20
The book of Ephesians tells us of God’s eternal, loving plan. It speaks of Jesus as the creator and sustainer of all things, the focus of history and the head of the church. It speaks of the church as a living body, a family brought near to him. As God’s children we are part of a new society with a new way of living.
Wednesday - Ecclesiastes 3 v 1-8
We are just over halfway through the strangest year I have ever lived through. Who knows what will happen in the next 6 months. We cannot foretell the future, but the bible shows us that there is a time for everything, a season for all things and God is with us.
Thursday - Hebrews 10 v 19-25
It has been difficult to meet and encourage each other but we are reminded of the importance of staying connected as a church family (even if it is not physically) "let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another". How can you encourage your brothers and sisters and brothers in this time?
Friday - Matthew 6 v 33-34
We are reminded that we should focus God's eternal Kingdom which supersedes all that is temporal. In doing so we can know that whatever we face 'all will be well, and all manner of things will be well'.
Saturday - 2 Chronicles 6:40-42
As Solomon prayed and dedicated the temple to God, he was praying for the people of Israel that God might teach them the right way to live. We need to know the right way to live in this new season.