MC EVENING PRAYER FOR FAMILIES
BEFORE THE EVENING MEAL
Psalm 139 – Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?…
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
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 forever. Amen
*Collect: ALMIGHTY and eternal God, you govern all things in heaven and on earth; Mercifully hear the prayers of your people, and grant us your peace all the days of our life; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and rules with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into death; The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come 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 life everlasting. Amen
O Lord, we cast our cares upon you; we ask you to ease our burdens and lighten our load; we pray you grant our restless hearts the grace to find rest in Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.
Blessed are you, O Lord God, King of the Universe, for you give us food to sustain our lives and make our hearts glad; For these and all his mercies, God’s holy Name be blessed and praised; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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.
AFTER THE EVENING MEAL
Quote from Sermon — “To be truly pro-life, we must promote the sanctity, dignity, and liberty of everyhuman life from womb to tomb. From unborn babies in the womb, to immigrant children at the border, to refugees in our cities, to single moms in our neighborhood, to elderly people in nursing homes. We must be pro-life in all stages of life, from the youngest to the oldest, from the most able to the least able, from the poorest to the wealthiest, from the undocumented immigrant to the birth-certified citizen, from Republicans to Democrats — even Libertarians. And much more could be added to this list.”
- What does the psalm tell us about the Holy Spirit?
- Why is it so important to know that God takes personal interest in our life from womb to tomb?
- How might this psalm help someone who struggles with an overly low self-worth to see their own self-worth? What about those who have an overly high-self-worth?
- We were given homework: To read the psalm as a prayer of Jesus, the true and better David. Does that change the way you read and understand the psalm in any way? If so, How?
Final Prayer— O Lord, we ask you in particular 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 Jesus Christ, in whose Name we offer up our prayers. Amen.