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Livestream Service – 2nd August (Text File Only)




Evening Prayer
for the 8th Sunday after Trinity

Gathering Prayer
Come into this place in faith,
for all the earth is a dwelling place for God.
Come into this moment in hope,
for Jesus prays through the night.

Come into this space in gentleness,
for in the Spirit have we all received grace upon grace.
The circling of life has entered its resting place,
the invitation to peace.

We turn to God. We rejoice in hope.
Our meeting together is a sign of God’s faithfulness.
Creator God,
we come in worship and praise to be refreshed and renewed and to offer our lives once again to you.
May the knowledge of your presence fill our hearts with joy.
Bountiful God,
we thank you for the gift of this day,
and that you will meet us again in the clear freshness of tomorrow.
May the sweetness of your love fill our hearts with compassion.
Discerning God,
in our searching and our questioning,
in our thirst for you,
in our need to know you more deeply.
May the depth of your knowledge fill our hearts with peace.
Redeeming God,
in our sadness, in our shame when we have fallen short,
when we have failed to respond to the needs of others,
when we have refused to recognise your face in our sisters and brothers,
May the strength of your forgiveness fill our hearts with healing.
God of all joy, compassion, peace and healing,
give us a fresh sense of your vision for all humanity.
Fulfil your purpose in us - that we might understand your need of us in the needs of the world.

Psalm 80
1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, ♦
you that led Joseph like a flock;
2 Shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim, ♦
before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
3 Stir up your mighty strength ♦
and come to our salvation.
4 Turn us again, O God; ♦
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
5 O Lord God of hosts, ♦
how long will you be angry at your people’s prayer?
6 You feed them with the bread of tears; ♦
you give them abundance of tears to drink.
7 You have made us the derision of our neighbours, ♦
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
8 Turn us again, O God of hosts; ♦
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
9 You brought a vine out of Egypt; ♦
you drove out the nations and planted it.
10 You made room around it, ♦
and when it had taken root, it filled the land.
11 The hills were covered with its shadow ♦
and the cedars of God by its boughs.
12 It stretched out its branches to the Sea ♦
and its tendrils to the River.
13 Why then have you broken down its wall, ♦
so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?
14 The wild boar out of the wood tears it off, ♦
and all the insects of the field devour it.
15 Turn again, O God of hosts, ♦
look down from heaven and behold;
16 Cherish this vine which your right hand has planted, ♦
and the branch that you made so strong for yourself.
17 Let those who burnt it with fire, who cut it down, ♦
perish at the rebuke of your countenance.
18 Let your hand be upon the man at your right hand, ♦
the son of man you made so strong for yourself.
19 And so will we not go back from you; ♦
give us life, and we shall call upon your name.
20 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts; ♦
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
Faithful shepherd of your people,
as we look for the light of your countenance,
restore in us the image of your glory
and graft us into the risen live of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Reading: Acts 13:1-13
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the ruler, and Saul. While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John also to assist them. When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they met a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet, named Bar-Jesus. He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God. But the magician Elymas (for that is the translation of his name) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, ‘You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? And now listen—the hand of the Lord is against you, and you will be blind for a while, unable to see the sun.’ Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he went about groping for someone to lead him by the hand. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.
Then Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. John, however, left them and returned to Jerusalem;

Little Lights
Jesus spoke of little lights, candles, lamps,
not great bonfires, just small steady flames
to brighten some dark corner of the house.
Come to think of it, Jesus always preached little –
children, flowers, sparrows, the widow’s mite,
mustard seeds, loaves and fishes. He didn’t
expect people to make great gestures.
I guess he knew that little is the currency
of everyday living.
So let’s thank God for little lights,
the warm smile, the hug, the phone call,
a wave from a passing car, a cup of tea,
an open door, a talent freely shared.
How often, when my own candle has gone out,
has someone relit it from their lamp of kindness.
That can’t happen with a big light.
I mean, how close can you get
to a supernova?
Joy Cowley

We each have a story to tell of our day, our week.
Let us bring the story of our journey to God.
We sit in silence entering each one’s pain and sharing each one’s joy.
We hear love’s longing and the lonely reaching-out for love and affirmation.
We pray for healing when dreams are shattered and vision is fled,
of hopes and laughter turned stale and dark.
We pray for the pain of isolation and bitterness of death.
We pray for one another on our journey this week.
And so we ask you God - may your gentle life break through, may we hear music in the darkness and smell flowers in the void.
In the searchings of each soul may we discern the beauty of your hand. In each muddy, twisted path may we find your light.
May your voice sing in each of our stories. May Christ’s life spring from each death.
Let us pray for hope and oneness in a world which cries for love.
May we know that in our sharing of your voice, your mighty breath you are saying ‘love each other’ and take each other’s hand.

Gentle God,
breathe love within us,
breathe love between us,
from one moment to the next,
you hold us in the palm of your hand.
Adapted from Psalms of a Laywoman by Edwina Gateley

A short silence will be kept
O God our Father,
by whose mercy and might the world turns safely into darkness
and returns again into light:
we give into your hands our unfinished tasks,
our unresolved problems,
and our unfulfilled hopes,
knowing that only that which you bless will prosper.
To your great love and protection
we commit each other
and all your people,
knowing that you alone are our sure defender,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Go into the night in peace,
and may the God of eternity stretch out the heavens above you,
the God of each earthly moment be closer than breath
and the Spirit cover you with warm bright wings.