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Vespers for September 16, 2020, with Healing Prayers

 

 

 

Opening Song: Arise, Shine

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.

 

Gathering Prayer

O God, be with us now that evening is at hand, and the day is past. As you have sustained us in our labors, now also give us ease, and grant that we may so use our time that we redeem the times and give glory unto you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 V: O Lord make speed to save us;

R: O Lord, make haste to help us.

V: Keep us, Lord, as the apple of your eye;

R: Hide us under the shadow of your wings.

 

Psalm 62

1 For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.

2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

3 How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?

4 They only plan to thrust him down. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse.

5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.

6 He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

7 On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

8 Trust in him, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

9 The mean are but a breath; the high are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.

10 Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.

11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God,

12 and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to us according to our work.

 

Song: Now daylight fades

Now daylight fades and prayers ascend, O quiet hope our peace defend.

 

Reading: 2 Timothy 4:1-8

1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: 2 proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. 3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers 4 and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. 5 But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry.

6For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. 8 From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearing.

Song: Let the Broken Ones Be Healed

Let the broken ones be healed; let the lost be found and fed. Let the grace of God roll on;
let the river rise and spread. Step into the stream with me; let God’s gracious purpose be.

 

The Healing Prayers

God the Father, you will that all people be healed and made whole;

     We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

God the Son, you came that we might have life, and have it to the full;

     We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

God the Holy Spirit, you make our bodies temples of your presence;

     We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

 

Let us now raise before God the names of those for whom pray.

 The people may add their own petitions.

 

God of all mercies, grant your healing grace to all who are sick, injured, or wounded;

Hear us, O Lord of life.

Guard and guide the lonely, the anxious, and the despairing;

     Hear us, O Lord of life.

Mend our broken relations, and make us sound in body, mind, and soul;

     Hear us, O Lord of life.

Bless those who care for the sick, the suffering, and the needy;

     Hear us, O Lord of life.

Bless all who struggle for justice and seek a world of compassion;

     Hear us, O Lord of life.

 

Let us now lay before God our own needs, burdens, and fears.

 The people may add their own petitions.

 

You are the Lord who does wonders:

     Show forth your power and your grace.

With you, O Lord, is the well of life,

     and in your light we see light.

Hear us, O Lord of life:

     Heal us and make us whole.

 

Bidding Prayer and Petition

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.

 

Closing Song: The Lord’s Prayer

 

 

About Episcopal Worship and this Service

Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion, along with Holy Baptism, lies at the center of the church’s sacramental life. In times of contagion and quarantine, however, the community may not safely gather together in person, as such liturgies require. What are we to do?

One place we can turn is to the Daily Office (prayer services with an officiant, who may or may not be a priest): Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline, as well as Daily Devotions for use by individuals and families. Each office offers worship of praise and thanksgiving by means of word and song.

Blending these with Healing Prayers, whether or not we can meet in person for an altar call with individual healing prayers, can help us face difficult times. The litany fits well with Daily Office prayers. When we or those whom we love suffer or are in times of danger and uncertainty, we might feel alone and unsure. So we gather as best we can for prayers that sustain us and help us bear witness in faith and by grace.

Hymns, scripture readings and prayers come from The Holy Bible, The Book of Common Prayer, Hymnal 1982, Music by Heart, and from Enriching Our Worship 1, 2, and 5. You will find links to these free resources below.

 

A Prayer in Times of Sickness and Contagion

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health, source of all wisdom and peace: Comfort and relieve your servants who suffer from sickness or fear, give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, and let your grace be with all those who work to protect us from contagion and disease. May we be strengthened against any weakness, sickness, fear, and doubt, and place our confidence in your loving care through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Resources (available for free online)

These resources contain the prayers and worship services used in The Episcopal Church and by Episcopalians in their daily devotions.

This source shows the readings assigned for use in Sunday worship and for daily office use for each day of the year, with links to online biblical texts.

The Revised Common Lectionary and Daily Office, https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/

Links to church websites – National, Diocesan and our church’s website.

The Episcopal Church: www.episcopalchurch.org

Episcopal News Service: www.episcopalnewsservice.org

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington: www.edow.org

St. Mark’s, Fairland: www.stmarks-silverspring.org