Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Order of Service - Evening Prayer, September 9, 2020, 7 p.m.

 EVENING PRAYER for Wednesday after 14 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                                                  Rise, My Soul, To Watch and Pray

LBW 443

1              Rise, my soul, to watch and pray;

                from your sleep awaken;

                be not by the evil day

                unawares o’ertaken.

                Satan’s prey oft are they

                who secure are sleeping

                and no watch are keeping.


2             Watch against the world that frowns

                darkly to dismay you;

                watch when it your wishes crowns,

                smiling to betray you.

                Watch and see, you are free

                from false friends who charm you

                while they seek to harm you.

3              Watch against yourself, my soul,

                lest with grace you trifle;

                let not self your thoughts control

                nor God’s mercy stifle.

                Pride and sin lurk within,

                all your hopes to shatter;

                heed not when they flatter.


4             But while watching, also pray

                to the Lord unceasing.

                God alone can make you free,

                strength and faith increasing,

                so that still mind and will

                heartfelt praises tender

                and true service render.


Text: Johann B. Freystein, 1671-1718; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878, adapt.


READING                                                                  Romans 13: 8-14


8Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
11Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.


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 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, look upon the Church you gather in Christ,

and confirm her in unity and truth.

  Encourage the fervent, enlighten the doubtful,

  and bring back the wayward.

Bind us together in mutual love,

  that our prayer in Christ’s name may be pleasing to you;

through the same Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

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

one God, now and forever.



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.


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.



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.  Amen