Our Father, who art in heaven,
                hallowed be thy Name,
                thy kingdom come,
                thy will be done,
                   on earth as it is in heaven.
            Give us this day our daily bread.
            And forgive us our trespasses,
                as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
      for ever and ever. Amen.

   Here is a Celtic Prayer for the end of this summer's day:

      Lord God, every faithful,
      see us gathered before you
      as the day draws to a close;
      confirm our hearts in your love,
      and keep alive in us
      the memory of your goodness and loving kindness,

      which have appeared in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

      Hear us in the love you bear us,
      We pray in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.  

Hoping you find time to prayer this today . . . 

We are meeting in the Workman Lounge
at 7:00 pm due to the heat.     All are welcome.  

  The Evening Prayer Service is based on the prayers of the Iona Abbey Worship, Iona being the island off the west  coast of Scotland,
  a place of ancient Celtic Spirituality and a cradle of Christianity in Scotland. 

  The service on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm is attended by faithful Christians seeking a mid-week spiritual   devotion and usually 
  numbers between 4 and 9 participants.  It is 20 minutes of quiet  prayer, the three daily  Lectionary readings plus Psalm, a homily
  of the "Saint for the Day" listed in Holy Women Holy Men, and Prayer  Requests.
  The service is followed by fellowship in the Parish Hall.  We enjoy conversation and refreshments.

  Please join us for evening Prayer on Wednesday nights.  It is an excellent discipline no matter the season of the
  Church calendar

Wednesday Evening Celtic Prayer

Wednesday,  July 29, 2020

Welcome to Celtic Evening Prayer

In the Celtic Calendar Beltane, the Summer Quarter, ends July 31.  Tonight we are gathered once more after the scattering of this Summer day. 

Beloved Lord, you gather our lives in a sacred way, and we give thanks for the beauty of the Earth.

Peace Be With You... And Also With You... Let Us Pray.

Quotes from Today’s Lectionary  July 22

Again the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he gave them a deliverer—-Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite.  
The Israelites sent him with tributes to Elon king of Moab.                                                                                                                          Judges 3:15

So when they met together, they asked him, “ Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom of Israel?” He said to them: “ It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses;”                                                                                                                                                                                           Acts 1:6-8

When the centurion and all those who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that happened, they were terrified and exclaimed, “  Surely he was the Son of God!”                                                                                                                                                                          Matthew 27: 54

Holy Women Holy Men

Today is the Feast Day of Mary and Martha of Bethany July 29.
    Mary and Martha are described in the Gospels of Luke and John as close and much loved friends of Jesus.  Luke records the well known story 
    of their hospitality, which made Martha a symbol of the active life and Mary of the contemplative, though some would say Jesus gives a
    defense of that which Mary does best and a commendation of Martha for what she does best.

    John also records the supper at Bethany, at which Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with fragrant oil.  This tender gesture Jesus interpreted as a gift
    of preparation for his death and burial.

Their devotion and friendship to Jesus are an example of fidelity and service to the Lord.
                                                                                                                             Information taken from Holy Women Holy, Church Publishing Inc, 2010.

Let us continue our worship by saying The Lord’s Prayer.

Let us meditate on the following petitions:
We take the light of our prayer into the World.
To pray for those unable to pray; to offer ourselves as answers to prayer.

We take the light of God’s compassion into the World.
To come along side those who are oppressed and suffering, may we be as Christ for them.

We take the light of God’s power into the World.
God’s strength made perfect in weakness.

Sun of Righteousness, so gloriously risen, shine in our hearts as we celebrate our redemption, that we may see your way to our eternal home, where you reign, one holy and undivided Trinity, now and forever. Amen.

Peace in Christ . . . Susan