MC Evening Prayer

EVENING PRAYER

The Family being together, a little before bedtime, let the Father or Mother, or any other who may be appointed, say as follows, all kneeling, and repeating with him the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

O God, who teaches the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Savior, who lives and reigns with you, in
the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Reflection on Isaiah 43:1-3

But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

Heidelberg Catechism 1

Q: What is your only comfort in life and death?

A. My only comfort in life and death is: That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation. Therefore, by His Holy Spirit He also assures me of eternal life and makes me whole-heartedly willing and ready to live for him from now on.

Thanksgiving.

To our prayers, O Lord, we add our sincere gratitude for all your mercies; for our being, our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and clothing, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore your mercy in sending your only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty towards you. We bless you for you patience with us, even though we provoke you by our many faults and failures; for all the guidance, help, and comforts of your Holy Spirit; for your continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day. We ask you to continue providing these blessings to us, and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to your word, through whose grace and intercession we received them all, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer for God’s Protection through the Night following.

O Lord, we ask you to continue your gracious protection to us this night. Defend us from all dangers and mischiefs, and from the fear of them; that we may enjoy such refreshing sleep as may fit us for the duties of the coming day. And grant us grace always to live in such a state that we may never be afraid to die; so that, living and dying, we may be yours, through the merits and satisfaction of your Son Christ Jesus, in whose Name we offer up our prayers. Amen.

– Doxology

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

 

Source: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/1928/Family_Prayer.htm Adapted by JMT

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