This service of serenity and silence is for use by groups immediately prior to sleep or when retiring at night as they end their day in prayer. The people may remain seated for the entire service.
CALL TO PRAISE AND PRAYER
A large unadorned candle may be lighted. The following may be sung (Hymn 222) or spoken:
O God, come to our assistance.
O Lord, hasten to help us.
The Lord Almighty grant us a restful night and peace at the last.
NIGHT HYMN Sung or spoken. Suggested from UMH:
682–93 Evening Hymns
Hymns listed under Evening Prayer
498 My Prayer Rises to Heaven
486 O Gladsome Light
PRAYERS OF CONFESSION
Prayers of confession and words of pardon may be offered. See UMH 890–93 and 474–94.
Following these prayers, all may sing. Suggested from UMH:
|490||Hear Us, O God||484||Kyrie Eleison|
|482||Lord, Have Mercy||491||Remember Me|
See also in The United Methodist Book of Worship:
O Lamb of God (Hymn 201)
O Lord, Deliver Us (Hymn 195)
Señor, Apiádate de Nosotras (Hymn 188)
SONG OF PRAISE
The following or other scripture song or hymn from UMH may be sung:
|741 Psalm 4||810 Psalm 91|
|767 Psalm 33||850 Psalm 134|
|769 Psalm 34||854 Psalm 139:1–12|
THE LORD’S PRAYER * Sung or spoken. See UMH 270–71, 894–96.
In peace we will lie down and sleep.
In the Lord alone we safely rest.
Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ,
and asleep we may rest in peace.
May the divine help remain with us always.
And with those who are absent from us.
(ORDER OF ST. LUKE, U.S.A., 20TH CENT., ALT.)
THE SONG OF SIMEON See UMH 225, 226
May the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you may abound in hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
THE PEACE *
Signs of peace may be exchanged, and all may depart in silence.
Copyright: “An Order of Night Praise and Prayer” Copyright © 1992 UMPH. Commendation, alt, from The Book of Offices and Services after the Usage of the Order of Saint Luke, Timothy J. Crouch, OSL, ed. and comp. Cleveland (OSL Publications) © 1988. Used by permission.