Evening Prayer Monday, 10 August 2020
Good evening everyone. I hope your day has been wonder full.
This morning I suggested that there should perhaps be a seventh sense: that of wonder.
However, during the day I noticed the wonder of the smell of a beautiful red rose and also a Lemon Drizzle cake baking.
I wondered at the sight of autumn leaves and children playing outside.
I wondered at the taste of a just picked ripe raspberry
and the silky feel of a rose petal.
Listening to the music played by the talented Kanneh-Masons family,
as we watched a recording of the programme about them a little while ago,
filled me with joy and wonder.
And it is always a delight and wonder to see and hear water in a stream, especially if there is a little waterfall.
I realised that wonder belongs to all the five senses and we don’t need it to be a seventh after all.
1 In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame:
deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Incline your ear to me;
make haste to deliver me.
3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe,
for you are my crag and my stronghold;
for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
4 Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me,
for you are my tower of strength.
5 Into your hands I commend my spirit,
for you have redeemed me,
O LORD, O God of truth.
Psalm 31: 1–5
Let us pray
As we come towards the end of the day and reflect on what we have said and done,
we thank you Lord for your bounty towards us.
Maybe we could have spoken more kindly to someone
or not felt irritated to find that we hadn’t enough eggs for a meal.
We might feel that we have done pretty well – but you know that we could have done a little more.
We ask you to help us to do better tomorrow.
Let us be in silence for a minute or so just to be with you, calming our hearts and stilling our minds.[Silence for a minute]
Thank you God for being with us.
We’ll say together:
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.
A Scottish blessing to end:
You are the peace of all things calm.
You are the place to hide from harm.
You are the light that shines in dark.
You are the heart’s eternal spark.
You are the door that’s open wide.
You are the guest who waits inside.
You are the stranger at the door.
You are the calling of the poor.
You are my Lord and with me still.
You are my love, keep me from ill.
You are the light, the truth, the way.
You are my Saviour this very day.
(Celtic oral tradition – First millennium)