ARCHIVED LIVESTREAM – Thursday Evening Prayer

 Virtual Evening Prayer service is a more formal service of prayer than Virtual Coffee with Pastor Luis on Wednesday evenings, but everyone is invited to participate in both.  It will be a calm way to reflect on the past day and prepare to meet the next.

Evening Prayer is an opportunity to reflect on the past day/s, to peacefully consider God’s love and care for us, and to prepare ourselves spiritually for the next day/s. We use simple guided prayers, confession, readings, and silence to create a space in our weekly lives to experience peace and contemplate. Evening Prayer does not require any particular level of spirituality. In today’s stay-at-home context it is certainly more of an individual or family time, but it can also be encouraging to know that other’s in our faith community and beyond are experiencing it along with us.

As with many spiritual endeavors, it will likely be more meaningful if we find/create a comfortable space, with as few distractions as possible. The words marked in bold in the Order of Service are for the congregation to read. You are encouraged to read these words aloud or to say them internally. There will be times of silence or gentle instrumental music in each service. Please use the moments to reflect, and give your mind and spirit a chance to speak to each other. At the end of the service there will be gentle music to give you an opportunity to remain in prayer for several minutes, at least.

As with our other online services, it will be on Facebook Live. We’ll begin at 8:30 on Thursday evenings and be done by 9 pm.

Thursday Prayer Evening recordings are posted here following each Thursday session.  Please look for them under the Prayer Service below.


    Virtual Evening Prayer  –  8:30pm

Link To LiveStream Here: https://www.facebook.com/FirstUMCLombard.org/live/

 

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Virtual Evening Prayer – June 3, 2020

 

GREETING 

L: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you. God has created the world and called it “good.” God has created each of us in God’s image and called us “good.” AMEN 

SILENT THANKSGIVINGS 

CALL TO CONFESSION It is in our confession where we realize our desire for God and our hope for God’s mercy. It is in admitting the truth of our lives that we take the first step toward wholeness and healing. So let us make our confession, first in silent prayer. 

SILENT CONFESSION 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

God of justice and peace, we know that you created us in the diversity of your image; but still we refuse to see you reflected in the face of our neighbor who lacks adequate health care, experiences hunger, doesn’t have a home. We don’t see your image in the face of our neighbor who has a different skin tone, worships in a different tradition, speaks in a language we don’t understand. Forgive us for lashing out from our sense of scarcity and greed, ignorance and fear. Turn us around to be peacemakers and justice builders, recognizing the abundance and balance of your garden. 

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS Friends, hear this Good News: the love of God is beyond measure, and you are included in that love. Know that you are forgiven and thus freed to love and serve. Alleluia! Amen. 

PSALM From Psalm 39 

SCRIPTURE READING From Ecclesiastes 3 

SILENCE 

READINGS 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION L: We pray to the Lord… C: Lord, hear our prayers. 

SENDING 

God Almighty, grant us a peaceful night and a peace-filled tomorrow. AMEN! 

Evening Prayer is an opportunity to reflect on the past day/s, to peacefully consider God’s love and care for us, and to prepare ourselves spiritually for the next day/s. We use simple guided prayers, confession, readings, and silence to create a space in our weekly lives to experience peace and contemplate. Evening Prayer does not require any particular level of spirituality. In today’s stay-at-home context it is certainly more of an individual or family time, but it can also be encouraging to know that others in our faith community and beyond are experiencing it along with us. 

As with many spiritual endeavors, it will likely be more meaningful if we find/create a comfortable space, with as few distractions as possible. The words marked in bold in the Order of Service are for the congregation to read. You are encouraged to read these words aloud or to say them internally. There will be times of silence or gentle instrumental music in each service. Please use the moments to reflect, and give your mind and spirit a chance to speak to each other. At the end of the service there will be gentle music to give you an opportunity to remain in prayer for several minutes, at least. 

Tonight’s Confession is taken from the UMC Peace with Justice Liturgy: http://s3.amazonaws.com/Website_UMCGiving/resource-files/2020_PWJS_Liturgy.pdf 


June 3, 2020

Evening Prayer – June 3, 2020

Posted by First United Methodist Church of Lombard on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

May 28, 2020

https://www.facebook.com/FirstUMCLombard.org/videos/4081022911937673/?t=5

May 21, 2020

Thursday Evening Prayer – May 21, 2020

Posted by First United Methodist Church of Lombard on Thursday, May 21, 2020

May 14, 2020 –

We are sorry, but due to technical difficulties, the May 14th Evening Prayer could not take place.  Thanks for your patience.

 

May 7, 2020

 

Posted by First United Methodist Church of Lombard on Thursday, May 7, 2020

 

 

April 30, 2020 (the date on the video is incorrect – this really is the April 30th prayer service) 

 


 

Virtual Evening Prayer – April 23, 2020 


 

Thursday, April 16, 2020


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