EVENING PRAYER SERVICE

Tuesday 8th April 2020

HOLY WEDNESDAY

including an address from Archbishop Michael Lewis

This service will be celebrated live together at 6pm on Wednesday 8th April via Zoom

Contact Revd Charlie for the link to the zoom meeting.

If you are not able to join us at that time then feel free to go through the service at another time.

PREPARATION

O God, make speed to save us.

All   O Lord, make haste to help us.

Let your ways be known upon earth

All   your saving power among the nations.

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
As we behold your Son, enthroned on the cross,
stir up in us the fire of your love,
that we may be cleansed from all our sins,
and walk with you in newness of life
singing the praise of him who died
for us and our salvation.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All   Blessed be God for ever.

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.

All   Amen.

THE WORD OF GOD

 

Isaiah 50:4-9

 

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
    to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;
    I have not been rebellious,
    I have not turned away.
I offered my back to those who beat me,
    my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
    from mocking and spitting.
Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
    I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
    and I know I will not be put to shame.
He who vindicates me is near.
    Who then will bring charges against me?
    Let us face each other!
Who is my accuser?
    Let him confront me!
It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me.
    Who will condemn me?

This is the Word of the Lord

All   Thanks be to God

CANTICLE

A Song of Christ the Servant 

All   Christ committed no sin,

no guile was found on his lips.

1Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, •
that you should follow in his steps.

2He committed no sin, no guile was found on his lips, •
when he was reviled, he did not revile in turn.

3When he suffered, he did not threaten, •
but he trusted himself to God who judges justly.

4Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, •
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

5By his wounds, you have been healed,
for you were straying like sheep, •
but have now returned
to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

1 Peter 2.21b-25

All   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.

All   Christ committed no sin,

no guile was found on his lips.

Here the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

All   Glory to you O Lord

 

John 13:21-32

After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him,God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.

This is the Gospel of our Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

PRAYERS

intercessory prayers are offered

Lord, in your mercy

All   hear our prayer

THE COLLECT

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
Amen.

Standing at the foot of the cross,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

All  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.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

THE CONCLUSION

May Christ, who bore our sins on the cross,
set us free to serve him with joy.

All   Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. 

All   Thanks be to God.

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