Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Evening Prayer - March 25, 2020 7 p.m.

Go to Evening Prayer

Here is the order of service for tonight. It may be printed, opened in another browser window or on another device, or simply not used. You may instead wish to use your Lutheran Book of Worship, if you have one at home. Evening Prayer can be found on page 142 in the front of your book.


L          Jesus Christ is the Light of the world,
C         the light no darkness can overcome.
L          Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening,
C         and the day is almost over.
L          Let your light scatter the darkness,
C         and illumine your Church.

L          Joyous light of glory:
C         of the immortal Father;
                        heavenly, holy, blessed Jesus Christ.
            We have come to the setting of the sun,
                        and we look to the evening light.
            We sing to God, the Father, Son,
                        and Holy Spirit:
            You are worthy of being praised
                        with pure voices forever.
            O Son of God, O Giver of life:
                        The universe proclaims your glory.

L          Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe, who led your people Israel by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night: Enlighten our darkness by the light of your Christ; may his Word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for you are merciful, and you love your whole creation, and we, your creatures, glorify you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
C         Amen

The PSALMODY begins with this song for forgiveness and protection.

C         Let my prayer rise before you as incense;
                        the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
I           O Lord, I call to you; come to me quickly;
                        hear my voice when I cry to you.
II         Let my prayer rise before you as incense;
                        the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
I           Set a watch before my mouth, O Lord,
                        and guard the door of my lips.
II         Let not my heart incline to any evil thing;
                        let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers.
I           But my eyes are turned to you, Lord God;
                        in you I take refuge. Strip me not of my life.
II         Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
I                       as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
C         Let my prayer rise before you as incense;
                        the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Silence for meditation.

L          Let the incense of our repentant prayer ascend before you, O Lord, and let your lovingkindness descend upon us, that with purified minds we may sing your praises with the Church on earth and the whole heavenly host, and may glorify you forever and ever.
C         Amen

Hymn              Savior of the Nations, Come                 Lutheran Book of Worship 28

Savior of the Nations, come,
show the glory of your Son;
Every people stand in awe,
praise the perfect Son of God.

Not of human seed or worth,
but of God’s own mystic breath.
Fruit in Mary’s womb begun
when God breathed the Word, his Son.

Wondrous birth! O wondrous child,
of the Virgin undefiled!
Mighty God and man in one,
Eager now his race to run!

God the Father is his source,
Back to God he runs his course;
Down to death and hell descends,
God’s high throne he reascends.

He leaves heaven to return;
traveling where dull hellfires burn;
Riding out, returning home
As the Savior who has come.

God the Father’s precious Son
Girds himself in flesh to run
For the trophies of our souls,
Longer than this round earth rolls.

Shining stable in the night,
Breathing vict’ry with your light;
Darkness cannot hide your flame,
Shining bright as Jesus’ name.



L          In many and various ways God spoke to his people of old by the prophets.
C         But now in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.


C         My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
            my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
            for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
            From this day all generations will call me blessed.
                        The Almighty has done great things for me,
                        and holy is his name.
                        He has mercy on those who fear him
                        in every generation.
            He has shown the strength of his arm;
            he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
            He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
            and has lifted up the lowly.
            He has filled the hungry with good things,
            and the rich he has sent away empty.
            He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
            for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
            the promise he made to our fathers,
            to Abraham and his children forever.
            Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
                        as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen

The Litany is sung, and the people respond, ‘Lord, have mercy.’

The following prayer is sung:

L          For the faithful who have gone before us and are at rest, let us give thanks to the Lord.
C         Thanks be to God.

L          Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

Silence for meditation.

L          Rejoicing in the fellowship of all the saints, let us commend ourselves, one another, and our whole life to Christ, our Lord.
C         To you, O Lord.

Prayer of the Day for the Annunciation
Prayer for time of pandemic
Prayer for peace

C         Our Father, who art in heaven,
                        hallowed be thy name,
                        thy kingdom come,
                        thy will be done,
                                    on earth as it is in heaven.
            Give us this day our daily bread;
            and forgive us our trespasses,
                        as we forgive those who trespass against us;
            and lead us not into temptation,
                        but deliver us from evil.
            For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
                        forever and ever. Amen

L          Let us bless the Lord.
C         Thanks be to God.
L          The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve us.
C         Amen