Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Order of Worship - Evening Prayer July 1, 2020

EVENING PRAYER for Wednesday after 4 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 33


1 Rejoice in the | Lord, you righteous;*

                it is good for the just | to sing praises.

2 Praise the Lord | with the harp;*

                play to him upon the psalter- | y and lyre.

3 Sing for him | a new song;*

                sound a fanfare with all your skill up- | on the trumpet.

4 For the word of the | Lord is right,*

                and all his | works are sure.

5 He loves righteous- | ness and justice;*

                the lovingkindness of the Lord fills | the whole earth.


6 By the word of the Lord were the | heavens made,*

                by the breath of his mouth all the heav- | enly hosts.

7 He gathers up the waters of the ocean as | in a water-skin*

                and stores up the depths | of the sea.

8 Let all the earth | fear the Lord;*

                let all who dwell in the world stand in | awe of him.

9 For he spoke, and it | came to pass;*

                he commanded, and | it stood fast.

10 The Lord brings the will of the na- | tions to naught;*

                he thwarts the designs | of the peoples.

11 But the Lord's will stands | fast forever,*

                and the designs of his heart from | age to age.

12 Happy is the nation whose God | is the Lord!*

                Happy the people he has chosen to | be his own!

13 The Lord looks | down from heaven,*

                and beholds all the people | in the world.

14 From where he sits enthroned he | turns his gaze*

                on all who dwell | on the earth.

15 He fashions all the | hearts of them*

                and understands | all their works.

16 There is no king that can be saved by a | mighty army;*

                a strong man is not delivered by | his great strength.

17 The horse is a vain hope | for deliverance;*

                for all its strength it | cannot save.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon | those who fear him,*

                on those who wait up- | on his love,

19 to pluck their | lives from death,*

                and to feed them in | time of famine.

20 Our soul waits | for the Lord;*

                he is our help | and our shield.

21 Indeed, our heart rejoic- | es in him,*

                for in his holy name we | put our trust.

22 Let your lovingkindness, O Lord, | be upon us,*

                as we have put our | trust in you.



Lord God, through your Son you made the heavens and earth; through him you continue to accomplish the intentions of your heart. Make your chosen people witnesses of your truth among the nations and heralds of your glory in the heavens; for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 


Hymn                                                  Give to Our God Immortal Praise


1              Give to our God immortal praise!

                Mercy and truth are all his ways;

                wonders of grace to God belong;

                repeat his mercies in your song.


2             He sent his Son with pow’r to save

                from guilt and darkness and the grave.

                Wonders of grace to God belong;

                repeat his mercies in your song.


3              Give to the Lord of lords renown;

                the King of kings with glory crown.

                His mercies ever shall endure

                when lords and kings are known no more!


Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748


Reading                                                                      Romans 6:12-23


12Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
15What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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, our maker and redeemer, you have made us a new company of priests to bear witness to the Gospel. Enable us to be faithful to our calling to make known your promises to all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Almighty God, by your gracious providence your servant John the Baptist was born to Elizabeth and Zechariah. Grant to your people the wisdom to see your purpose and the openness to hear your will, that the light of Christ may increase in us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage. Make us always remember your generosity and constantly do your will. Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil course of action. Make us who came from many nations with many different languages a united people. Defend our liberties and give those whom we have entrusted with the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there might be justice and peace in our land. When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful; and, in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail. We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Look with pity, O heavenly Father, upon the people in this land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Have mercy upon us. Help us to eliminate cruelty to these our neighbors. Strengthen those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all. And grant that every one of us may enjoy a fair portion of the abundance of this land; through your Son, 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              The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended

Lutheran Book of Worship 274


1      The day you gave us, Lord, has ended;

        the darkness falls at your behest.

        To you our morning hymns ascended;

        your praise shall hallow now our rest.


2     We thank you that your church, unsleeping

        while earth rolls onward into light,

        through all the world its watch is keeping,

        and never rests by day or night.


3      As to each continent and island

        the dawn leads on another day,

        the voice of prayer is never silent,

        nor dies the strain of praise away.



4     The sun, here having set, is waking

        your children under western skies,

        and hour by hour, as day is breaking,

        fresh hymns of thankful praise arise.


5     So be it, Lord; your realm shall never,

        like earth's proud empires, pass away;

        but stand and grow and rule forever,

        till all your creatures own your sway.


Text: John Ellerton, 1826-1893, 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.