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New Zealand Prayer Book – Night Prayer

March 13, 2018

As we watch and wait and weep this night

As we walk through the Valley of the Shadows

For my beloved wife, her mother, and our family

Lord, hear our prayer

Before the ending of the day,

Creator of the world we pray,

that you, with love and lasting light,

would guard us through the hours of night.

From all ill dreams defend our eyes,

from nightly fears and fantasies;

redeem through us our evil foe,

that we no lasting harm may know.

O wisest Guide, grant all we ask,

fulfil in us your holy task,

surround us with your love and care,

and lead us on, your life to share.

All praise to God, sustaining us,

redeeming and transforming us,

thanksgiving in eternity,

all praise, belovèd Trinity.

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 of 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.

In your mercy, Lord, hear this prayer…

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