Regarding things superficial and deeper in all the day has been, and all that we are,
we reflect, name and, removing them, lay them at the foot of the Cross as we seek healing and wholeness.
As the surface reflects the sun's setting, may we reflect the love of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Amen.
The images are of William Wilberforce, Olaudah Equiano and Thomas Clarkson, Anti–Slavery Campaigners
Help us Lord to discern Your voice and purpose for us in all that this day has been and,
in that awareness, help us to grow from today that tomorrow we may be changed.
As we go to our beds, grant us your peace we pray.
Thinking of those we love and see no longer.
Those with whom we have shared love, life and brought life into the world with;
those who have us life or perhaps taught us the way to live.
Reflecting on the seasons of life we lay our burdens and our joys at the foot of the Cross.
Lord grant us a quiet night and a peaceful end.Amen.
Gathering the fragments of the day and sifting the good, bad, ugly - blessings given and received
and all the day has been, we lay them at the foot of the cross
and find God's healing and peace made real in our lives in preparation for our sleep.
The image is Brooke Foss Westcott, whose life and ministry the Church celebrates today.
Laying down all the day has held we head for our beds in readiness for a new day of blessing and opportunity.
Grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.
The image is James (whose feast it is today) - who left his Father in the boat and with his brother followed Jesus, may we forsake all things of this world to walk to the heartbeat of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) to proclaim God's love and life. Amen.
As the strains of day turn into night and all is laid before You, lord;
we lay our cares before the Cross and to our beds retire.
In sleep we trust Your endless care and know that rising or dying,
Your love and life are forever ours.
As we bring the day to its close,
gathering up the brightly coloured joyful things,
the darker shades of failure and sadness,
framed with the purposes of the day (perhaps unheeded),
We head for our beds and a new day in which to bless others.