A Liturgy of Night Prayer

Night

Opening
I lift up my eyes to the hills --
From where will my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
—Psalm 121:1-2

Evening Hymn (Or Psalm 91)

Prayer (Or prayers on pp. 26, 38)
Bless, O God, your creation this night:
The trees, branches raised in praise.
The sky, soft glow darkening into dusk.
The homecoming of young and old.

Bless, O God, this sacred moment:
The quiet pause between day and night.
The birds, flying to safety in bush or brush.
The colors creeping across the clouds.

Forgive, O God, the sins of your servant this day:
The unkind word or thought.
The deed of which we are ashamed.
Forgive us that we might find rest in you.

Silence

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” - Matthew 11:29

Psalm (Psalm 4, Psalm 13, Psalm 31:1-5, or Psalm 134)

Silence

Scripture

Silence

Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer

Hymn (Or Luke 2:29-32)

Blessing
God to enfold me, God to surround me,
God in my speaking, God in my thinking.

God in my sleeping, God in my waking,
God in my watching, God in my hoping.

God in my life, God in my lips,
God in my soul, God in my heart.

God in my sufficing, God in my slumber,
God in my ever-living soul, God in my eternity.
(From Carmina Gadelica by Alexander Carmichael, Vol. 3, p. 53.)


Credit: Liturgy for Night Prayer by Beth A. Richardson in September/October 2014 Alive Now. Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room.

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