Lent Evening Prayer (2)

Lighting up the World

Here is an outline for a very gentle prayer time lasting about 30 minutes using one of the following actions. Create a quiet space with chairs placed in a circle if possible. 

Either:

You will need a very large map of the world (available from book shops or online) which has been fixed to a piece of board with drawing pins. Raise the map slightly off the floor (church kneelers are good for this) so that people can reach down easily. Place a large lit candle on the map – on one of the seas. Provide votive candles and a taper in a basket next to the map.

Or:

Place a large lit candle in the centre of the circle and around it place strips of card, folded in half so that they stand up, printed with the names of some of the places in the world where the light of Christ is currently needed (the Christian Aid magazine is a good source). The cards should face outwards so they can be read. Provide votive candles and a taper in a basket.  

Dim the lights, but make sure people can read. Play gentle instrumental music as people gather or suitable classical music, or suitable tracks from one of the Taizé Instrumental CDs. The songs listed can of course be found in other hymn books than those in brackets or you may wish to choose your own – there are so many good songs on the theme of peace and justice.

Welcome

Song: In the Lord (Songs from Taizé)

Canticle:  A Song of Mercy and Truth

Song:  How good it is, what pleasure comes (A & M Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship)

Reading: Matthew 5.1-12 The Beatitudes

Song: Longing for light (Christ, be our light!) (Laudate)

Time for Reflection

Prayers of Intercession with Sung Response

Sung Response: Kindle a flame to lighten the dark (A&M Hymns and Songs for Refreshing Worship)

Heavenly Father,
in this time of Lent we pray for your broken world and your hurting people.
Where there is darkness may your light always shine:

Sung Response 

For places where children have known only violence, fear and the sounds of war –
Where there is darkness may your light always shine:

Sung Response 

For families who flee their homes and depend on others for refuge –
Where there is darkness may your light always shine:

Sung Response 

For people living in poverty who have too little access to food and water –
Where there is darkness may your light always shine:

Sung Response 

For peacekeepers and aid workers in places of danger –  
Where there is darkness may your light always shine:

Sung Response 

For women in places where discrimination, abuse and rape go unchallenged –
Where there is darkness may your light always shine:

Sung Response 

For people closer to home whose suffering may be silent and unseen –
Where there is darkness may your light always shine:

Sung Response 

In this time of Lent may we look beyond ourselves and our own needs and offer prayer for our suffering brothers and sisters here and in other lands –  
Where there is darkness may your light always shine.

Sung Response 

The Lord’s Prayer

Song: God of day and God of darkness (Laudate)

During the Time for Reflection people are invited to place a lit candle either directly on the map in a place of their choice, or by one of the named places.  

 

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