One Lord, One Faith, One God

Evening service on 16th January 2022 at 4-30pm




Come to us this night, O God,

Come to us with light.

Speak to us this night, O God,

Speak to us your truth.

Dwell with us this night, O God,

Dwell with us in love.

The sign of light– a candle is lit

Prayer of thanksgiving

Thanks be to you O Christ,

For the many gifts you have bestowed on us,

Each day and night, each sea and land,

Each weather fair, each calm, each wild.

Each night may we remember your mercy

given so gently and generously.

Each thing we have received,

From you it came;

Each thing for which we hope,

From your love it will come; Each thing we enjoy,

It is of your bounty;

Each thing we ask, Comes of your disposing.

O God, from whom each thing that is, freely flows,

Grant that no tie over strict,

no tie over dear, May be between ourselves

and this world. Amen.


Silence is kept


Song -

Bless the Lord, my soul

and bless God’s holy name.

Bless the Lord, my soul;

he rescues me from death. (Taize)



When a daffodil or the first snowdrop comes into bloom:

We catch a glimpse of God in the ordinary.

When the sun is rising, or the sun is setting:

We catch a glimpse of God in the ordinary.

When a baby is born, or a chick is hatched:

We catch a glimpse of God in the ordinary.

When we feel the warm embrace of a family hug:

We catch a glimpse of God in the ordinary.

When we eat the bread and drink the wine:

We catch a glimpse of God in the ordinary.

Transforming God, wherever we are, whatever we do,

whether we are at home, work or school,

help us to see the miracle in the ordinary,

and to catch a glimpse of your glory in our midst.



Prayer of Penitence


Search me, O God, and know my heart.

Test me and know my thoughts.

See if there is any wicked way in me

I confess to you,

and lead me in the way everlasting.


May the God of all mercy,

bring us back to himself

forgive us our sins,

and assure us of his eternal love,

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Word of God

First reading Psalm 121 - The Travelers Psalm


I lift up my eyes to the hills—

from where will my help come?

2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

4 He who keeps Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is your keeper;

the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.

8 The Lord will keep your going out and your

coming in from this time on and for evermore.


Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning,

is now and shall be for ever. Amen.


A reading from Genesis 28 15.-22


Jacob’s Luz becomes his Bethel


Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever

you go, and will bring you back to this land;

for I will not leave you until I have done

what I have promised you.’ Then Jacob

woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the

Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’

And he was afraid, and said,

‘How awesome is this place!

This is none other than the house of God,

and this is the gate of heaven.’

So Jacob rose early in the morning,

and he took the stone that he had

put under his head and set it up for a

pillar and poured oil on the top of it.

He called that place Bethel; but the

name of the city was Luz at the first.

Then Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me,

and will keep me in this way that I go,

and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear,

so that I come again to my father’s house in peace,

then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone,

which I have set up for a pillar,

shall be God’s house; and of all that you give me

I will surely give one-tenth to you.


God of new beginnings...


You are out there in unchartered territory, Heavy with threat

and shadows not yet entered.

The risks are high,

yet you strike out boldly,

guided only by unwavering conviction and the longing

for the true centre of the land.

This is what it means to do a new thing.

God of new beginnings,

help us to let go

and to turn our backs

on the things that hold us back, And to hold on

to the things

that remind us of your love,

and help us to follow in your way. Amen.


By Kathy Galloway Iona Community Prayer


Prayers of Intercession




O Lord hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.

When I call, answer me.

O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.

come, and listen to me. (Taize)


The Collect


Almighty God,

You have made us for yourself,

and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:

pour your love into our hearts and draw us to

yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city

where we shall see you face to face;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.



Bless to us, O God,

the moon that is above us,

the earth that is beneath us, the friends who

are around us, the rest which is before us. Amen.



God, grant us your light this night, your grace

whilst we sleep, and your joy in the morning.

Lift from us any anguish, take from us

empty pride and lighten our souls in the light of your love.

Jesus Christ, Son of Mary, Holy Spirit,

Light of Life; shield and sustain us and all our dear ones,

this night and in the nights to come.






In the Lord, I’ll be ever thankful. in the Lord, I will rejoice

Look to God, do not be afraid,

lift up your voices the Lord is near.

Lift up your voices the Lord is near. (Taize)


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