Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Order of Worship - Evening Prayer July 8, 2020

EVENING PRAYER for Wednesday after 5 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 48


1 Great is the Lord, and highly | to be praised;*

                in the city of our God is his | holy hill.

2 Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the | hill of Zion,*

                the very center of the world and the city of | the great king.

3 God is in her citadels;*

                he is known to be | her sure refuge.

4 Behold, the kings of the | earth assembled*

                and marched for- | ward together.

5 They looked and | were astounded;*

                they retreated and | fled in terror.

6 Trembling | seized them there;*

                they writhed like a woman in childbirth,

                like ships of the sea when the | east wind shatters them.

7 As we have heard, so have we seen,

in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city | of our God;*

                God has established | her forever.

8 We have waited in silence on your lovingkind- | ness, O God,*

                in the midst | of your temple.

9 Your praise, like your name, O God, reaches | to the world's end;*

                your right hand is | full of justice.

10 Let Mount Zion be glad and the cities of Ju- | dah rejoice,*

                because | of your judgments.

11 Make the circuit of Zion; walk | round about her;*

                count the number | of her towers.

12 Consider well her bulwarks; exam- | ine her strongholds;*

                that you may tell those | who come after.

13 This God is our God forev- | er and ever;*

                he shall be our guide for- | evermore.


Father, the body of your risen Son is the temple not made by human hands and the bulwark of the new Jerusalem. Make this holy city, built of living stones, so shine with spiritual radiance that it may show your greatness in the sight of all nations; for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  (326)



Hymn                                                  I Lay My Sins on Jesus


1              I lay my sins on Jesus,

                the spotless Lamb of God;

                he bears them all and frees us

                from the accursed load.

                I bring my guilt to Jesus

                to wash my crimson stains

                clean in his blood most precious

                till not a spot remains.



2             I lay my wants on Jesus;

                all fullness dwells in him;

                he heals all my diseases;

                my soul he does redeem.

                I lay my griefs on Jesus,

                my burdens and my cares;

                he from them all releases;

                he all my sorrows shares.


3              I rest my soul on Jesus,

                this weary soul of mine;

                his right hand me embraces;

                I on his breast recline.

                I love the name of Jesus,

                Immanuel, Christ, the Lord;

                like fragrance on the breezes

                his name abroad is poured.


Text: Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889


Reading                                                                     Romans 7:15-25a


15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

24Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25aThanks be to God through Jesus Christ 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.


Father, Lord of heaven and earth, by your gracious will the mysteries of the kingdom are revealed to the childlike. Make us learn from your Son humility of heart, that in shouldering his yoke we may find refreshment and rest. 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.



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.    



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              God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven

Lutheran Book of Worship 281


1      God, who made the earth and heaven,

        darkness and light:

        you the day for work have given,

        for rest the night.

        May your angel guards defend us,

        slumber sweet your mercy send us,

        holy dreams and hopes attend us

        all through the night.


2     And when morn again shall call us

        to run life's way,

        may we still, whate'er befall us,

        your will obey.

        From the pow'r of evil hide us,

        in the narrow pathway guide us,

        never be your smile denied us

        all through the day.



3      Guard us waking, guard us sleeping,

        and, when we die,

        may we in your mighty keeping

        all peaceful lie.

        When the last dread call shall wake us,

        then, O Lord, do not forsake us,

        but to reign in glory take us

        with you on high.


4     Holy Father, throned in heaven,

        all-holy Son,

        Holy Spirit, freely given,

        blest Three in One:

        grant us grace, we now implore you,

        till we lay our crowns before you

        and in worthier strains adore you

        while ages run.


Text: Reginald Heber, 1783-1826, st. 1, alt.; William Mercer, 1811-1873, sts. 2, 4, alt.; Richard Whately, 1787-1863, st. 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.