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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Night Prayer (Partial)

Eternal Spirit,
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory and the power that is love,
now and for ever. Amen.

(responsively)
I will lie down in peace and take my rest,
Ka takoto ahau, ka whakata,
for it is in God alone that I dwell unafraid.
i roto i te Atua e kore ahau e wehi.

Let us bless the Earth-maker, the Pain-bearer, the Life-giver
Tatou ka whakapai i te Kai-hanga, i te Kai-whakamarie,
i te Kai-homai i te ora.
let us praise and exalt God above all for ever.
tatou ka whakapai, ka whakanui i te Atua mo ake tonu atu.

May God's name be praised beyond the furthest star,
Whakanuia te ingoa o te Atua ki nga Tuarangai,
glorified and exalted above all for ever.
whakapaingia, whakamoemititia mo ake tonu atu.

Prayer
Lord,
it is night.

The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done;
let it be.

The night is dark;
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and our own lives rest in you.

The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us,
and all who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys,
new possibilities.

In your name we pray.
Amen.

Final Versicle
The divine Spirit dwells in us.
Kia noho te Wairus o te Runga Rawa ki a tatou.

Thanks be to God.
Whakamoemititia a Ihowa.

From A New Zealand Prayer Book/He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa, authorized by General Synod on 26 May 1988 pursuant to the 1928 Church of England Empowering Act procedures, for use in the Church of the Province of New Zealand, in terms of the Canons of the General Synod.

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