Evening Prayer

Evening Daily Prayer – From the PCUSA Book of Daily Prayers

Feel free to do this around the table at supper or before bed with family or on your own (you can do it any other time of the day too it just fits the evening best). 

Opening Sentences

Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening

And the day is almost over (Luke 24:29)

I could ask the darkness to hide me or the light around me to become night, but even darkness is not dark for you, and the night is as bright as the day; for darkness is as light with you. (ps. 139:11-12)

Thanksgiving for Light (you may light a candle at this time)

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

We praise you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe,

By whose word the shadows of evening fall.

Your wisdom opens the gates of morning; 

Your understanding orders the changes of time and seasons;

Your will controls the stars as they travel through the skies.

You are the creator of both night and day, 

Making light recede before darkness, and darkness before light.

You cause day to pass,

And bring on the night,

Setting day and night apart.

You are the Lord of hosts,

Living and eternal God, rule over us always, to the end of time.

Blessed are you, O Lord, whose word makes evening fall.

Evening Psalm

Psalm 115

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
    for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.
Why should the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”

Our God is in the heavens;
    he does whatever he pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
    the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
    eyes, but do not see.
They have ears, but do not hear;
    noses, but do not smell.
They have hands, but do not feel;
    feet, but do not walk;
    they make no sound in their throats.
Those who make them are like them;
    so are all who trust in them.

O Israel, trust in the Lord!
    He is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
    He is their help and their shield.
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
    He is their help and their shield.

The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us;
    he will bless the house of Israel;
    he will bless the house of Aaron;
he will bless those who fear the Lord,
    both small and great.

May the Lord give you increase,
    both you and your children.
May you be blessed by the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

The heavens are the Lord’s heavens,
    but the earth he has given to human beings.
The dead do not praise the Lord,
    nor do any that go down into silence.
But we will bless the Lord
    from this time on and forevermore.
Praise the Lord!

Scripture Reading (from the Daily Lectionary)

First Reading: Exodus 4:21-31

Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:1-12

Gospel Reading: John 14:1-17

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe[a] in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?[b] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.”[c] Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know[d] my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me[e] for anything, I will do it.

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

“If you love me, you will keep[f] my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[g] to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in[h] you.

Prayer

Thanksgiving and Intersession

Let my prayer rise before you as incense, O Lord,

The lifting of my hands as an evening sacrifice. (Psalm 141:2)

We rejoice in your generous goodness, O God,

And celebrate your lavish gifts to us this day,

For you have shown your love in giving Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world.

Especially we give thanks for

The labors of those who have served us this day…

Friends with whom we have shared…

Those whom we love and have loved us…

Opportunities for our work to help others…

All beauty that delights us…

Individual prayers of thanksgiving may be offered…

Especially we pray for

Those in dangerous occupations…

Physicians and nurses…

Those who are ill and confined to nursing homes…

Those who mourn…

The Roman Catholic Church…

Individual prayers of intercession may be offered.

Collect

Great God, you are one God, and you bring together what is scattered and mend what is broken. 

Unite us with the scattered peoples of the earth that we may be one family of your children.

Bind up all our wounds, and heal us in spirit

That we may be renewed as disciples of Jesus Christ, our Master and Savior. 

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. Save us from the time of trial and elder us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

Dismissal

May the God of peace sanctify you entirely;

And may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Bless the Lord.

The Lord’s name be praised.

A sign of peace may be exchanged by all.

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