Evening Prayer Service Sheet
25th April 2021

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Topic: Evening Prayer Sunday 25th April
Time: Apr 25, 2021 06:00 PM London

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Evening Prayer for Easter 4 2021

O God, make speed to save us.

 O Lord, make haste to help us.

In your resurrection, O Christ,

 let heaven and earth rejoice.

 Alleluia.

Blessed are you, Sovereign Lord, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to you be glory and praise for ever. From the deep waters of death you brought your people to new birth by raising your Son to life in triumph. Through him dark death has been destroyed and radiant life is everywhere restored. As you call us out of darkness into his marvellous light may our lives reflect his glory and our lips repeat the endless song

Blessed be God for ever.

Hymn

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful, let us pray with one heart and mind.

 Silence is kept.

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God, so may your mercy come down upon us to cleanse our hearts and set us free to sing your praise now and for ever, Amen

Psalm 81.1–10

 Sing with joy to God our strength.

Sing with joy to God our strength and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.

Raise a song and sound the timbrel, the merry harp and the lyre.

Blow the ram’s-horn at the new moon, and at the full moon, the day of our feast.

For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the God of Jacob.

He laid it as a solemn charge upon Joseph, when he came out of the land of Egypt.

I heard an unfamiliar voice saying, ‘I eased his shoulder from the burden; his hands were set free from bearing the load.’

You called on me in trouble and I saved you; I answered you from the secret place of thunder and tested you at the waters of Meribah.

Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you: O Israel, if you would but listen to me!  There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not worship a foreign god.

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said ‘Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.’

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.

 Canticle

God raised Christ from the dead, the Lamb without spot or stain. Alleluia.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

Who are being protected by the power of God through faith, for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

You were ransomed from the futile ways of your ancestors not with perishable things like silver or gold.

But with the precious blood of Christ like that of a lamb without spot or stain.

Through him you have confidence in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.

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.

I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praises of the Most High.

A reading from John 6. 30 – 40

So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?  Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”  Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.

For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”  Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.  All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

 Homily

The Lord is my strength and my song: he has become my salvation.

The Lord is my strength and my song: he has become my salvation.

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

He has become my salvation.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

The Lord is my strength and my song: he has become my salvation.

 The Magnificat

The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. Alleluia.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; he has looked with favour on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed; the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name. He has mercy on those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm and has scattered the proud in their conceit, Casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, to remember his promise of mercy, The promise made to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children for ever.

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 stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. Alleluia.

Prayers

Collect

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life: raise us, who trust in him, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, that we may seek those things which are above, where he reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

May the risen Christ grant us the joys of eternal life. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia. Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia