Music plays before the service as we sit in silence
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.
Opening Prayer - We say together
You are holy, you are whole
Let earth give praise from pole to pole.
You are coming, coming here
To bring your hard-pressed people cheer.
Bringing to them human birth,
Born of heaven, born of earth.
Bringing to them bread and wine,
Giving hope of life divine.
The Word of God - Reading
Leader: O God, as these words are read,
All: In our hearts may we feel your presence.
At the end we say:
Thanks be to God.
A Short Reflection
Music / a short period of silence for reflection
Affirmation of Faith from Iona
All: We believe that God is present
in the darkness before dawn;
in the waiting and uncertainty
where fear and courage join hands,
conflict and caring link arms,
and the sun rises over barbed wire.
We believe in a with-us God
who sits down in our midst
to share our humanity.
We affirm a faith
that takes us beyond the safe place:
into action, into vulnerability
and into the streets.
We commit ourselves to work for change
and put ourselves on the line;
to bear responsibility, take risks,
live powerfully and face humiliation;
to stand with those on the edge;
to choose life
and be used by the Spirit
for God's new community of hope.
Prayers of Concern
Intercessions will be concluded by the prayer below.
Christ light of the world,
Meet us in our place of darkness,
Journey with us, and bring us to your new dawning.
At the end of the intercessions there will be a short time for you to light a candle in prayer for someone you know. This can be done in silence or by freely speaking the name.
Music - for meditation
We pause here for 5 minutes meditation. If you wish to meditate for longer then press your pause button and resume for the Blessing when you are ready.
For the darkness of the night enfolding the day’s labour,
We bless you, dear God.
For the sweetness of sleep restoring the tired frame,
We bless you, dear God.
Call forth this night bearers of your presence,
that we may rest in the undying flame of your love
And wake to the light of your dawning
Music to finish