Liturgy for Evening Worship at Home

An Evening Liturgy (Iona)
When the lights are on and the house is full, and the laughter is easy, and all is well
Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
When the lights are low, and the house is still, and the talk is intense, and the air is full of wondering
Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
When the lights are off and the house is sad, and the voice is troubled and nothing seems right.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
And tonight, always tonight, as if there were no other people, no other houses, no other doors.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
Come Lord Jesus and be our guest. Stay with us for the day is ending. Bring to our houses your poverty.
For then we shall be rich
Bring to our houses your pain.
That in sharing it, we may also share your joy.
Bring to our houses your understanding of us.
That we may be freed to learn more of you.
Bring to our houses your Holy Spirit.
That they may be cradles of your love.
With friend, with stranger, with neighbour and the well-known ones.  Be among us tonight.
For the doors of our houses we open, and the doors of our hearts we leave ajar
The Word of God
Read a passage from the Gospel you have chosen to read at this time. Reflect on what God might be trying to draw you to within it.

The Lord’s Prayer
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

The Lord’s Prayer
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
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the Kingdom
The power and the Glory
Forever and Ever
Amen


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