Evening Prayer 3.31.17, John Donne, Priest & Poet, 1631

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Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”

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I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” Luke 15:18-19

GENERAL CONFESSION

God of all mercy,
we confess that we have sinned against you,
opposing your will in our lives.
We have denied your goodness in each other,
in ourselves, and in the world you have created.
We repent of the evil that enslaves us,
the evil we have done,
and the evil done on our behalf.
Forgive, restore, and strengthen us
through our Savior Jesus Christ,
that we may abide in your love
and serve only your will. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

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 will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

If possible, light a candle here.

Hymn: O Gracious Light
Phos hilaron

O gracious Light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.

Psalm 107:1-32

1  Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, *
whose mercy endures for ever.
2  Let all those whom the LORD has redeemed proclaim *
that the LORD redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
3  God gathered them out of the lands; *
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
4  Some wandered in desert wastes; *
they found no way to a city where they might dwell.
5  They were hungry and thirsty; *
their spirits languished within them.
6  Then in their trouble they cried to the LORD, *
who delivered them from their distress.
7  The LORD put their feet on a straight path *
to go to a city where they might dwell.
8  Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, *
for the wonders the LORD does for all people.
9  For God satisfies the thirsty *
and fills the hungry with good things.
10  Some sat in darkness and deep gloom, *
bound fast in misery and iron;
11  Because they rebelled against the words of God *
and despised the counsel of the Most High.
12  So God humbled their spirits with hard labor; *
they stumbled, and there was none to help.
13  Then in their trouble they cried to the LORD, *
who delivered them from their distress.
14  The LORD led them out of darkness and deep gloom *
and broke their bonds asunder.
15  Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, *
for the wonders the LORD does for all people.
16  For God shatters the doors of bronze *
and breaks in two the iron bars.
17  Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *
they were afflicted because of their sins.
18  They abhorred all manner of food *
and drew near to death’s door.
19  Then in their trouble they cried to the LORD, *
who delivered them from their distress.
20  God sent forth a word to heal them *
and saved them from the grave.
21  Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, *
for the wonders the LORD does for all people.
22  Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and recount the deeds of God with shouts of joy.
23  Some went down to the sea in ships *
and plied their trade in deep waters;
24  They beheld the works of the LORD *
whose wonders are in the deep.
25  Then the LORD spoke, and a stormy wind arose, *
which tossed high the waves of the sea.
26  They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths; *
their hearts melted because of their peril.
27  They reeled and staggered like drunkards *
and were at their wits’ end.
28  Then in their trouble they cried to the LORD, *
who delivered them from their distress.
29  God stilled the storm to a whisper *
and quieted the waves of the sea.
30  Then were they glad because of the calm, *
and God brought them to the harbor they were bound for.
31  Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, *
for the wonders the LORD does for all people.
32  Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people *
and praise God in the council of the elders.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

THE LESSON
John 6:52-59 (NRSV)

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

Canticle: The Song of Simeon
Luke 2:29-32

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may depart this life in your faith and fear,
and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit
in the communion of all your saints,
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.

John Donne wrote, “We think that Paradise and Calvary, Christ’s Cross, and Adam’s Tree, stood in one place; Look, Lord, and find both Adams met in me; As the first Adam’s sweat surrounds my face, May the last Adam’s blood my soul embrace.”

Collect of the Day: John Donne, Priest, 1631

Almighty God, the root and fountain of all being: Open our eyes to see, with your servant John Donne, that whatever has any being is a mirror in which we may behold you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent

O God, you have given us the Good News of your abounding love in your Son Jesus Christ: So fill our hearts with thankfulness that we may rejoice to proclaim the good tidings we have received; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Fridays

Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.

Friday Evening Prayer List: For the Church

For Our Postulants for Ordination to the Diaconate
Hilary Greene, Diocese of Massachusetts

For our Seminarians & Their Schools
Shanna, Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Holy Cross Theological School, Myanmar
Huron University College, Ontario
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, South Carolina
Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatchewan
Ming Hua Theological College, Hong Kong

Please add your own prayers and supplications here.

Prayer for Mission

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13++

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