Prayers and Readings

A promise of hope

I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
– St Paul’s Letter to a church in Rome (Romans 8:38-39)

A prayer

Support us, O Lord, all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in your mercy grant us a safe lodging,
a holy rest, and peace at last; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. Father, you know our hearts and share our sorrows.
We are hurt by our parting from (person’s name) whom we loved:
when we are angry at the loss we have sustained,
when we long for words of comfort, yet find them hard to hear,
turn our grief to truer living, our affliction to firmer hope, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Heavenly Father, you have not made us for darkness and death,
but for life with you for ever.
Without you, we have nothing to hope for;
with you, we have nothing to fear.
Speak to us now your words of eternal life.
Lift us from anxiety and guilt to the light and peace of your presence,
and set the glory of your love before us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not lack.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
and leads me beside restful water.
He revives my soul and guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no harm; for you are with me;
your rod and staff, they comfort me.
You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;
You have anointed my head with oil and my cup shall be full.
Surely, goodness and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.