Prayer on Thursday

We're invited to share in this form of prayer together on Thursday evenings at 7.45pm (it's from our local group of churches, the Stretford deanery)

 

Night Prayer

You may wish to light a candle and have some reflective music playing in the background.
 
The eternal God is your refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms.
 
Opening Sentences
The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.
Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

(Pause and reflect on the day that is past)

Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.
 
Bible Reading for Maundy Thursday
Ephesians 2: 11-18
 
Psalm 91:
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High 
 and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,
2 Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold, 
 my God, in whom I put my trust.’
3 For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler 
 and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with his wings
 and you shall be safe under his feathers; 
 his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, 
 nor of the arrow that flies by day;
6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, 
 nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side
 and ten thousand at your right hand, 
 yet it shall not come near you.
8 Your eyes have only to behold 
 to see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge 
 and the Most High your stronghold,
10 There shall no evil happen to you, 
 neither shall any plague come near your tent.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, 
 to keep you in all your ways.
12 They shall bear you in their hands, 
 lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; 
 the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 Because they have set their love upon me,
 therefore will I deliver them; 
 I will lift them up, because they know my name.
15 They will call upon me and I will answer them; 
 I am with them in trouble,
 I will deliver them and bring them to honour.
16 With long life will I satisfy them 
 and show them my salvation.
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.
 
Jesus said, ‘I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the
world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!’
(John 16.33)
 
Prayers
True and humble king,
Hailed by the crowd as the Messiah;
Grant us the faith to know you and love you,
That we may be found beside you
On the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.
Amen

 
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Amen
 
Merciful God,
we entrust to your unfailing and tender care this night
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold us safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen
 
Be present, O merciful God,
and protect us through the silent hours of this night,
so that we who are wearied
by the changes and chances of this fleeting world,
may rest upon your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,
and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;
may your holy angels dwell with us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen
 
The Lord’s Prayer
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
In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen.
 
Materials are drawn from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, Common Worship: Pastoral
Services, and Common Worship: Daily Prayer, all of which are copyright © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England.