St Barts Online Evening Prayer


Sunday Online Service

The Reverend Canon David Clunie

Timothy Piper
Organist and Director of Music

Online on Zoom

A transcript of this service is available to download in PDF format.

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Opening responses

Leader:  In the beginning
When it was very quiet,
The Word was with God.
All:        And what God was, the word was.

Leader:  In the beginning
When it was dark.
God said, “Let there be light”
All:       And there was light.

Leader:  When the time was right
God sent the Son.
All:       He came among us,
He was one of us.

Silence

Opening Hymn:  374   Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus! His the sceptre, his the throne;
Alleluia! His the triumph, his the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion thunder like a mighty flood;
Jesus, out of every nation, hath redeemed us by his blood.

Alleluia! Not as orphans are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us, faith believes, nor questions how.
Though the cloud from sight received him, when the forty days were o’er,
Shall our hearts forget his promise, “I am with you evermore.”

Alleluia! King eternal, thee the Lord of lords we own;
Alleluia! Born of Mary, earth thy footstool, heaven thy throne.
Thou within the veil hast entered, robed in flesh, our great high priest;
Thou on earth both priest and victim in the eucharistic feast.

Prayer
Leader:  Let us pray.
You keep us waiting…..
You, the God of all time,
Want us to wait for the right time
In which to discover
who we are,
where we must go,
who will be with us,
and what we must do.
All: So, thank you…
for the waiting time.

Leader: You keep us looking….
you, the God of all space.
Want us to look in the right and wrong places
for signs of hope,
for people who are hopeless,
for visions of a better words
which will appear among the disappointments
of the world we know.
All: So, thank you….
for the looking time.


Leader: You keep us loving….
You, the God whose name is love.
want us to be like you –
to love the loveless and the unloved and the unlovely;
to love without jealousy or design or threat;
and, most difficult of all, to love ourselves.
All: So, thank you ….
or the loving time.


 Leader:  And in all this…
You keep us….
through the hard questions with no easy answers,
and making an impact when we thought we were useless,
through the patience and encouragement
and love of others,
and through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit,
you keep us.
All: So, thank you….
for the keeping time
and for now and for ever.
Amen.

Psalm 47

Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with a cry of joy. For the Lord Most High is to be feared; he is the great king over all the earth.  Refrain

He subdues the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. He chooses our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves.  Refrain

God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of the ram's-horn. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our king, sing praises.  Refrain

For God is king of all the earth; sing praises with all your skill. God reigns over the nations; God sits upon his holy throne.  Refrain

The nobles of the peoples have gathered together with the people of the God of Abraham. The rulers of the earth belong to God, and he is highly exalted.  Refrain


A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles   read by Elizabeth May
So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’  Act 1:1-11
Reader:    The Word of the Lord is medicine for the soul.
All: Thanks be to God.
Amen. 

Reflection

Hymn after Reflection: 634   Jesus, Remember Me
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

Prayers for others
Leader: Let us pray.
Let us pray for light….
Where the dark is doubly light;
Where the wrong dresses up as right
And even saints can be distracted;
Where the life has gone into a tunnel
And all that is known is confusing voices
And stumbling blocks in the darkness;
Where faith and hope and love are in ashes,
Needing an angel to blow on them.
Let us pray for light.

Let us pray for a word from the Lord…..
Where human words can no longer be trusted;
Where voices from the past echo loudly saying,
“You are not one of us”
or “Keep quiet”
or “I do not need you any longer”
or “You never get it right”
where the voice of the church has been like
sweet and sour water from the same rock,
saying ”Welcome,” and “Watch it…..”
where the voice of God has seemed silent
or been submerged beneath jargon.
Let us pray for a word from the Lord.

Let us pray for a friend of God….
who will bring encouragement
where there is despair;
who will bring company
where there is loneliness;
who will listen
where a hard truth has to be shared;
who will bring change or conversion
through kindness;
who will speak truth to power;
who will bring the gift
which makes all the difference.
Let us pray for a friend of God….
Help us most Holy One,
to hear you
in the words of scripture and also to recognise your accent
in the voices of the world.
All: Help us to see you
in the good others do
and in the need
which calls for love or justice.

Leader: Help us
to love you
and so to trust you
and follow you.
All:  Take from us any desire
For recognition or reward,
And replace it with the quiet joy which comes from knowing
that we do your will.
Amen.

Closing Hymn:  14   O Gracious Light, Lord Jesus Christ
O gracious Light, Lord Jesus Christ, in you the Father’s glory shone.
Immortal, holy, blest is he, and blest are you, his holy Son.

Now sunset comes, but light shines forth; the lamps are lit to pierce the night.
Praise Father, Son, and Spirit: God who dwells in the eternal light.

Worthy are you of endless praise, O Son of God, lifegiving Lord;
Wherefore you are through all the earth and in the highest heaven adored.

Collect
Almighty God, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven. Mercifully give us faith to know that, as he promised, he abides with us on earth to the end of time; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.    Amen. 

Closing responses
 Leader: God of the watching ones,
The waiting ones,
The prayerful and positive ones. The angels in heaven,
The child in the womb,
All: Give us your benediction,
your good work for our souls
that we may rest and rise
in the kindness of your company.
Amen.  

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