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Vespers - 28 April 2019

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(This evening's prayer allows the old hymn, "Jesus, Lover of My Soul"  from Trinity Hymnal #508, to move us along)

We plead with you, Lord, to hold in your hands those who have been assaulted, or are agonized, alarmed, or arid… Sustain them in their storms and fortify them in their frailty so that they may come to sing: Jesus, Lover of my soul, Let me to thy bosom fly, While the nearer waters roll, While the tempest still is high: Hide me, O my Saviour, hide, Till the storm of life is past; Safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last! O Lord, hear our prayer.
We also pray on behalf of those who are unemployed or underemployed, those having marital troubles or mental health issues, others who are distressed or disturbed by their family situations… We pray with them and for them: Other refuge have I none, Hangs my helpless soul on thee; Leave, ah! leave me not alone, Still support and comfort me! All my trust on thee is stayed, All my help from thee I bring; Cover …

"For God Alone My Soul Waits" - 28 April 2019

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For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. We lift up our hearts thankful that the new and living way into your presence has been opened up through your Son, Jesus; and that we have the privilege to draw near with all holy reverence and confidence. Glory to you, Lord God!
How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Father, behold how your people are being bludgeoned, badgered and beleaguered in so many places – like Chengdu China, and Sri Lanka! Grant us all to be faithful witnesses and please restore safety and sanity in those places where it is hot and hostile. Turn the hearts of the god-haters and shut down their ability to do harm. Liquidate and bankrupt those institutions and asylums…