Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Evening Prayer: Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m.

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EVENING PRAYER for Wednesday after 21 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 1


1 Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel | of the wicked,*

                nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats | of the scornful!

2 Their delight is in the law | of the Lord,*

                and they meditate on his law | day and night.

3 They are like trees planted by streams of water,

bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that | do not wither;*

                everything they | do shall prosper.


4 It is not so | with the wicked;*

                they are like chaff which the wind | blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when | judgment comes,*

                nor the sinner in the council | of the righteous.

6 For the Lord knows the way | of the righteous,*

                but the way of the wick- | ed is doomed.


Lord God, in your loving wisdom you have set us beside the fountain of life, like a tree planted by running streams. Grant that the cross of your Son may become our tree of life in the paradise of your saints, through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Hymn                                                Let Me Be Yours Forever

                                                                              Lutheran Book of Worship 490

                                                                                                           (sung to Aurelia)

1              Let me be yours forever,

                my gracious God and Lord;

                may I forsake you never

                nor wander from your word.

                Preserve me from the mazes

                of error and distrust,

                and I shall sing your praises

                forever with the just.


2             Lord Jesus, bounteous giver

                of light and life divine,

                you did my soul deliver;

                to you I all resign.

                You have in mercy bought me

                with blood and bitter pain;

                let me, since you have sought me,

                eternal life obtain.


3              O Holy Spirit, pouring

                sweet peace into my heart,

                and all my soul restoring,

                let me in grace depart.

                And while his name confessing

                whom I by faith have known,

                grant me your constant blessing

                and take me as your own.



READING                                                                          Matthew 22:34-46


34When the Pharisees heard that [Jesus] had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37He said to him, “ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 42“What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
 “Sit at my right hand,
  until I put your enemies under your feet”’?
45If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” 46No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.


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






Lord, have mercy,

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

O Christ, hear us.

In mercy hear us.


O God, the Father in heaven, have mercy on us.

O God the Son, redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

O God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

O holy and blessed Trinity, three in one and one in three:

have mercy on us.


O God, who takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked but that the wicked turn from their ways and live;

Be gracious and spare us, good Lord.

Who called Adam and Eve after their fall to the acknowledgment of their fault and to repentance; /R

Who forgave the sins of your disobedient people at the prayer of Moses; /R

Who put away David’s transgression when he confessed and repented of his sin; /R

Who spared the Ninevites when they repented in sackcloth and with fasting; /R

Who came into the world to save sinners; /R

Who received tax collectors and sinners and ate with them; /R

Who forgave the many sins of Mary Magdalene; /R

Who in mercy looked upon Peter, who denied you; /R

Who moved him to confess his fault and to shed tears of penitence; /R

Who on the cross promised Paradise to the penitent thief; /R

Who bore our sins in your own body on the tree; /R

Who was bruised for our iniquities; /R

Who gives time and place for the repentance of our sins; /R

Who rebukes and chastens those whom he loves; /R

Who are not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance; /R

Who came to seek and save the lost; /R

Who forgives our iniquities and remembers our sins no more; /R


From all sin, from all error, from all evil; from the cunning assaults of the devil; from an unprepared and evil death:

Good Lord, deliver us.

By your baptism, fasting and temptation; by your agony and bloody sweat, by your cross and suffering, by your precious death and burial; /R

In all time of our tribulation; in all time of our prosperity; in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment; /R


We sinners implore you to hear us:

That it may please you to bring us to true repentance;

                                                                We implore you to hear us, good Lord.

That, condemning ourselves, we may escape condemnation; /R

That we may bring forth worthy fruits of repentance; /R

That as we have yielded our members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity, so we may now yield them servants to righteousness unto godliness; /R

That denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we may live soberly, righteously, and godly; /R

That we may chastise our bodies and bring them into subjection; /R

That sin may not reign in our mortal bodies; /R

That as true members of Christ we crucify our flesh with its passions and lusts; /R

That all bitterness and wrath and anger be put away from us; /R

That we may never despise the riches of your goodness, patience, and long-suffering; /R

That we may count all things but loss for Christ; /R

That being dead to sin, we may live to righteousness; /R

That through the many tribulations of this world you would grant us entrance into your Kingdom; /R


That it may please you graciously to hear us:

                                                O Son of God, we implore you to hear us.


Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

Give us peace. Amen


O Christ, hear us.

In mercy hear us.

Lord, have mercy,

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

                                                                   (Herbert Lindemann, The Daily Office)


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                                                        To You, Before the Close of Day

                                                    LBW 277




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