Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Order of Service for Evening Prayer: July 15, 2020, 7 p.m.

EVENING PRAYER for Wednesday after 6 Pentecost


(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)


Jesus Christ is the Light of the World,

The light no darkness can overcome.

Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening,

And the day is almost over.

Let your light scatter the darkness,

And illumine your Church.


Joyous light of glory:

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.


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.


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.






Let my prayer rise before you as incense;

            the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

O Lord, I call to you; come to me quickly;

            hear my voice when I cry to you.

Let my prayer rise before you as incense;

            the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Set a watch before my mouth, O Lord,

            and guard the door of my lips.

Let not my heart incline to any evil thing;

            let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers.

But my eyes are turned to you, Lord God;

            in you I take refuge. Strip me not of my life.

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.

Let my prayer rise before you as incense;

            the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.


Silence for meditation.


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.



Psalm 91


1 He who dwells in the shelter of | the Most High,*

            abides under the shadow of | the Almighty.

2 He shall say to the Lord, "You are my refuge | and my stronghold,*

            my God in whom I | put my trust."

3 He shall deliver you from the snare | of the hunter*

            and from the | deadly pestilence.

4 He shall cover you with his pinions, and you shall find refuge un- | der his wings;*

            his faithfulness shall be a | shield and buckler.

5 You shall not be afraid of any ter- | ror by night,*

            nor of the arrow that | flies by day;

6 of the plague that stalks | in the darkness,*

            nor of the sickness that lays | waste at midday.

7 A thousand shall fall at your side and ten thousand at | your right hand,*

            but it shall | not come near you.

8 Your eyes have only | to behold*

            to see the reward | of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the | Lord your refuge,*

            and the Most High your | habitation,

10 there shall no evil hap- | pen to you,*

            neither shall any plague come | near your dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge | over you,*

            to keep you in | all your ways.

12 They shall bear you | in their hands,*

            lest you dash your foot a- | gainst a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the li- | on and the adder;*

            you shall trample the young lion and the serpent un- | der your feet.

14 Because he is bound to me in love, therefore will I de- | liver him;*

            I will protect him, because he | knows my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will | answer him;*

            I am with him in trouble; I will rescue him and bring | him to honor.

16 With long life will I sat- | isfy him,*

            and show him | my salvation.


Lord Jesus Christ, when tempted by the devil, you remained true to your Father, who commanded his angels to watch over you. Guard your Church from the plague of sin, so that we may remain faithful to you until the day when we enjoy the fullness of your salvation; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. 




Hymn                                                            Come Down, O Love Divine

                                                                                LBW 508


1              Come down, O Love divine;

                seek thou this soul of mine

                and visit it with thine own ardor glowing;

                O Comforter, draw near;

                within my heart appear

                and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.


2             Oh, let it freely burn,

                till worldly passions turn

                to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;

                and let thy glorious light

                shine ever on my sight,

                and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.


3              Let holy charity

                mine outward vesture be,

                and lowliness become mine inner clothing--

                true lowliness of heart,

                which takes the humbler part,

                and o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.


4             And so the yearning strong,

                with which the soul will long,

                shall far outpass the pow’r of human telling;

                no soul can guess his grace

                till it become the place

                where in the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.


Text: Bianco da Siena, d. 1434; tr. Richard F. Littledale, 1833-1890


Reading                                                                     Romans 8:1-11


1There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.


The Word of the Lord.                                   Thanks be to God.



In many and various ways

God spoke to his people of old by the prophets.

But now in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.




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.


In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For all who offer today their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For Dan, our bishop; for your unworthy servant; for all pastors in Christ, for all servants of the Church, and for all the people, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For our public servants, for the government and those who protect us, that they may be upheld and strengthened in every good deed, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For those who work to bring peace, justice, health, and protection in this and every place, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For those who bring offerings, those who do good works in this congregation, those who toil, those who sing, and all the people here present who await from the Lord great and abundant mercy, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and need, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the faithful who have gone before us and are at rest, let us give thanks to the Lord.



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


Silence for meditation.


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

To you, O Lord.


God of the heavens, God of the earth,

all creation awaits your gift of new life.  

Prepare our hearts to receive the word of your Son,

that his gospel may grow within us

and yield a harvest that is a hundredfold.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.


O God, it is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace. Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows, and give peace to your Church, peace among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.



O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son. Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love, and through our struggle and confusion, work to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



O God, giver and sustainer of life, in this time of need send us the gentle rain, so that we may receive the fruits of the earth for our benefit and for your praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



We pray to you, almighty God, in this time of pandemic. You are our refuge and our strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Do not let us fail in the face of these events. Uphold us with your love, and give us the strength we need. Help us in our confusion, and guide our actions. Heal the sick, console the bereaved and afflicted, protect the innocent and helpless, and deliver all who are in peril; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.







O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever. Amen


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


Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Hymn                                               O Christ, You Are the Light and Day

LBW 273


1              O Christ, you are the light and day;

                you drive the gloom of night away;

                grant, Light of light, your word to show

                the light of heav’n to us below.


2             Arise, O God, our shield, repel

                the darts and subtleties of hell;

                let your right hand, outstretched above,

                guard those who serve the Lord they love.


3              All-holy Lord, in humble prayer

                we ask tonight your watchful care

                and pray that our repose may be

                a quiet night, from perils free.



4             To God the Father and the Son

                and Holy Spirit, Three in One,

                be glory in the highest giv’n

                by all on earth and all in heav’n!


Text: Latin hymn, 6th cent., sts. 1-3; Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, st. 4; tr. William J. Copeland, 1804-1885, sts. 1-3, alt.





Prayer and Benediction

Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, + the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you.