Friday, April 10, 2020 Close of day Prayer Service

Prayer at the Close of the day

Friday, April 10, 2020


O God, come to our assistance.

O Lord, hasten to help us.

The Lord grant us a restful night and peace at the last.



Almighty God, Maker of all things,

have mercy on us.

Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the world,

have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, Giver of life,

have mercy on us.

Let us pray:

Lord Jesus, forgive us our times of impatience, and  misunderstanding; Forgive us when we are convinced that our way is right and their way is wrong; Forgive us when we hedge our bets and loyalty can be bought and sold; Forgive us when we are misguided in our attempts to get things done. Lord Jesus, forgive us when we are Judas, in the cross, take our sin away, and in your resurrection, bring us healing and new life. Amen.

Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?     Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;     and by night, but find no rest.

Yet you are holy,     enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our ancestors trusted;     they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried, and were saved;     in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm, and not human;     scorned by others, and despised by the people. All who see me mock at me;     they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; “Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—     let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”

Yet it was you who took me from the womb;     you kept me safe on my mother’s breast. On you I was cast from my birth,     and since my mother bore me you have been my God. Do not be far from me,     for trouble is near     and there is no one to help.

Many bulls encircle me,     strong bulls of Bashan surround me; they open wide their mouths at me,     like a ravening and roaring lion.

I am poured out like water,     and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax;     it is melted within my breast; my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,     and my tongue sticks to my jaws;     you lay me in the dust of death.

For dogs are all around me;     a company of evildoers encircles me. My hands and feet have shriveled; I can count all my bones. They stare and gloat over me; they divide my clothes among themselves,     and for my clothing they cast lots.

But you, O Lord, do not be far away!     O my help, come quickly to my aid! Deliver my soul from the sword,     my life from the power of the dog! Save me from the mouth of the lion!

From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me. I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;     in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: You who fear the Lord, praise him!     All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;     stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! For he did not despise or abhor     the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me,     but heard when I cried to him.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;     my vows I will pay before those who fear him. The poor shall eat and be satisfied;     those who seek him shall praise the Lord.     May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember     and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations     shall worship before him. For dominion belongs to the Lord,     and he rules over the nations.

To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;     before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,     and I shall live for him. Posterity will serve him;     future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,     saying that he has done it.

For the Word of God in Scripture

For the Word of God among us

For the Word of God within us

Thanks be to God


After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body.  Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

For the Word of God in Scripture

For the Word of God among us

For the Word of God within us,

Thanks be to God

PRAYER Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit;

for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.

Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye;

hide us under the shadow of your wings.

In righteousness I shall see you;

when I awake your presence shall give me joy.

Eternal and everlasting God,

in the growing quietness of the evening

and the deepening shadows of the night,

grant us sleep and rest.

With the stilling of the day’s doings,

and the end of coming and going about us,

make us to be sleepy with heavy eyes and tired limbs.

As your creatures are lying down in the wood,

as the bird is quiet in its nest

and the wild thing in its hole,

as the stream is still in its bed

reflecting the great expanse of stars above,

may we in our sleep reflect our confidence in you,

and our assurance in your constant peace.

In our sleep give us that deeper communion of our souls

with you who restores unto health.

For your name’s sake.


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 debts,

as we forgive our debtors;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever. Amen.


May Almighty God bless, preserve, and keep us,

this night and forevermore.


Bless the Lord.

The Lord’s name be praised.

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