Music plays before the service as we sit in silence
You may wish to have a candle, a Bible and a Cross ready.
Please join in all the responses in bold type
Welcome and Opening Responses
Leader: Come to us this night, O God,
All: Come to us with light.
(Here a candle may be lit and placed centrally)
A candle is lit as a symbol of holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom, grace, hope and God’s revelation.
Leader: Speak to us this night, O God,
All: Speak to us your truth.
(Here a Bible may be placed centrally)
We read from the Bible, the word of God, which teaches us about Christian faith, our sin and God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Leader: Dwell with us this night, O God,
All: Dwell with us in love.
(Here a cross may be placed centrally)
The cross is a symbol of Christ himself and the Christian faith through Christ’s passion and death we are redeemed
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Thanks be to you O Christ,
For the many gifts you have bestowed on us,
Each day and night, each sea and land,
Each weather fair, each calm, each wild.
Each night may we remember your mercy
given so gently and generously.
Each thing we have received,
From you it came;
Each thing for which we hope,
From your love it will come;
Each thing we enjoy,
It is of your bounty;
Each thing we ask,
Comes of your disposing.
O God, from whom each thing that is, freely flows,
Grant that no tie over strict,
no tie over dear,
May be between ourselves
and this world. Amen.
The Word of God Short reflection
O God, as these words are read,
In our hearts may we feel your presence
A portion of scripture is read, followed by a short silence.
At the end we say:
Thanks be to God.
Music - as we reflect
We reflect on the reading we have just heard
Affirmation of Faith
We believe in God the father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high.
We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen
Prayers of Concern
Intercessions will be said followed by the prayers below.
Calm me, O Lord, as you stilled the storm
Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease.
Enfold me, Lord, in Your peace
We are placing our souls and our bodies
under your guarding this night, O Christ.
O son of the tears, of the wounds, of the
May your cross this night be shielding all.
Introduction followed by 5 minutes of mediation
Music - for meditation
We receive God's blessing
Leader The peace of God be
over you to shelter you,
under you to uphold you,
about you to protect you,
behind you to direct you,
ever with you to save you.
All: The peace of all peace
be mine this night.
+ in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Music to finish