Evening Prayer 1st April

The Suffering Christ. Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Tuesdays: From Psalm 55, 1 Hear my prayer, O God;*do not hide yourself from my petition.2 Listen to me and answer me;*I have no peace, because of my cares.3 I am shaken by the noise of the enemy*and by the pressure of the wicked;4 For they have cast an evil spell upon me*and are set against me in fury.5 My heart quakes within me,*and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.6 Fear and trembling have come over me,*and horror overwhelms me.7 And I said, ‘Oh, that I had wings like a dove!*I would fly away and be at rest.8 I would flee to a far-off place*and make my lodging in the wilderness.9 I would hasten to escape*from

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1st April Morning Prayer

For those of you wanting help in praying at home, this is how I use the SEC daily prayer with simple hymns and Taize chants. If you don’t recognise the music, please feel free to simply listen, to replace with a hymn you know or to skip over the chants. The Suffering Christ. Holy One, open our lips: and we shall proclaim your praise. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Wednesdays: From Psalm 40. 1 I waited patiently upon the Lord;*he stooped to me and heard my cry.2 He lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay;*he set my feet upon a high cliff and made my footing sure.3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;*many shall see, and stand in awe, and put their trust in the

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Evening Prayer 31st March

The Suffering Christ. Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Tuesdays: From Psalm 62, 1 For God alone my soul in silence waits;*from him comes my salvation.2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,*my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.3 How long will you assail me to crush me, all of you together,*as if you were a leaning fence, a toppling wall?4 They seek only to bring me down from my place of honour;*lies are their chief delight.5 They bless with their lips,*but in their hearts they curse.6 For God alone my soul in silence waits;*truly, my hope is in him.7 He alone is my rock and my salvation,*my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.8 In God is my safety and my

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31st March Morning Prayer

For those of you wanting help in praying at home, this is how I use the SEC daily prayer with simple hymns and Taize chants. If you don’t recognise the music, please feel free to simply listen, to replace with a hymn you know or to skip over the chants. The Suffering Christ. Holy One, open our lips: and we shall proclaim your praise. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Tuesdays: From Psalm 64. 1 Hear my voice, O God, when I complain;*protect my life from fear of the enemy.2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,*from the mob of evildoers.3 They sharpen their tongue like a sword,*and aim their bitter words like arrows,4 That they may shoot down the blameless from ambush;*they shoot without warning and are not afraid.5 They hold fast to their evil course;*they plan how they

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Evening Prayer 30th March

The Suffering Christ. Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Mondays: From Psalm 140, 1 Deliver me, O Lord, from evildoers;*protect me from the violent,2 Who devise evil in their hearts*and stir up strife all day long.3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent;*adder’s poison is under their lips.4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;*protect me from the violent,who are determined to trip me up.5 The proud have hidden a snare for meand stretched out a net of cords;*they have set traps for me along the path.6 I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my God;*listen, O Lord, to my supplication.7 O Lord God, the strength of my salvation,*you have covered my head in the day of battle.8 Do not grant the

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30th March Morning Prayer

For those of you wanting help in praying at home, this is how I use the SEC daily prayer with simple hymns and Taize chants. If you don’t recognise the music, please feel free to simply listen, to replace with a hymn you know or to skip over the chants. The Suffering Christ. Holy One, open our lips: and we shall proclaim your praise. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Mondays: From Psalm 27. 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?*the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?2 When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh,*it was they, my foes and my adversaries, whostumbled and fell.3 Though an army should encamp against me,*yet my heart shall not be afraid;4 And though war should rise up

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Evening Prayer 29th March

Passion Sunday This evening we join again in prayerful solidarity, by placing a lit candle* in our windows as “a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, the source of hope in this life.” As we do so we pray: For all that is good in life, thank you,For the love of family and friends, thank you,For the kindness of good neighbour and Samaritan stranger, thank you. May those who are vulnerable, hungry or homeless, experience support,May those who are sick, know healing,May those who are anxious or bereaved, sense comfort. Bless and guide political leaders and decision-makers, with wisdom,Bless and guide health workers and key workers, with strength and well-being,Bless and guide each one of us, as we adapt to a new way of living. And may the light shining from our windows,across road and wynd, glen and ben, kyle and isle,be reflected in our hearts and hands and hopes. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. The Suffering

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Evening Prayer 28th March

Returning to God. Holy One, make speed to save us: O God, come quickly to help us. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Saturdays: From Psalm 42, Quemadmodum As the deer longs for the water-brooks, * so longs my soul for you, O God.My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; *when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?My tears have been my food day and night, *while all day long they say to me, “Where now is your God?”I pour out my soul when I think on these things: * how I went with the multitude and led them into the house of God,Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul, *and why are you so disquieted within me?Put your trust in God; * for I will yet give thanks to the

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28th March Morning Prayer

For those of you wanting help in praying at home, this is how I use the SEC daily prayer with simple hymns and Taize chants. If you don’t recognise the music, please feel free to simply listen, to replace with a hymn you know or to skip over the chants. Morning Prayer:Returning to God. Holy One, open our lips: and we shall proclaim your praise. Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit;*as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever.  Amen. Saturdays: From Psalm 143, Domine exaudi Lord, hear my prayer, and in your faithfulness heed my supplications; *answer me in your righteousness.Enter not into judgement with your servant, *for in your sight shall no one living be justified.My spirit faints within me; * my heart within me is desolate.I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds; *I consider the works of your hands.I spread out my hands

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