Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Evening Prayer, Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 7 p.m.

EVENING PRAYER for Wednesday after 23 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 121


1 I lift up my eyes | to the hills;*

                from where is my | help to come?

2 My help comes | from the Lord,*

                the maker of heav- | en and earth.

3 He will not let your | foot be moved*

                and he who watches over you will not | fall asleep.

4 Behold, he who keeps watch | over Israel*

                shall neither slum- | ber nor sleep; 

5 the Lord himself watches | over you;*

                the Lord is your shade at | your right hand,

6 so that the sun shall not strike | you by day,*

                nor the | moon by night.

7 The Lord shall preserve you | from all evil;*

                it is he who shall | keep you safe.

8 The Lord shall watch over your going out and your | coming in,*

                from this time forth for- | evermore.


Lord Jesus Christ, you have prepared a quiet place for us in your Father's eternal home. Watch over our welfare on this perilous journey, shade us from the burning heat of day, and keep our lives free of evil now and forever. 


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.


READING                                                                       1 Thessalonians 4:13-18


13We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 15For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. 16For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.


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




Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness and grace, we pray for the welfare of our country and for all who are joined to us by the ties of common life; that all who serve in government and all in authority may be enriched with your grace and may have a pure motive and a right judgment in all things:

We implore you to hear us, good Lord.


That a wise and humble spirit may prevail in our national councils; that we may be delivered from unscrupulous ambitions, selfish rivalries, and mistaken policies:                                                          /R


That those who teach the young may have the childlike hart and find in Christ the renewal of their life and the inspiration of their work: /R


That parents may train their children in right ways; that children may learn to face and overcome the evil that is in the world and grow up a generation to love and praise you:                                                       /R


That soldiers and sailors may be defended amid the dangers and temptations of their service; that the nations may live together in peace and charity:                                                                                           /R


That those of wealth may not miss the true end of life; that prosperity may not make us selfish; that poverty may not make us bitter: /R


That social life and industry may be so ordered that one’s good may not be another’s hurt and that all may have a just share of wealth, security, and freedom:                                                                                        /R


That physicians, surgeons, nurses, therapists, and all who are engaged in works of mercy may be sustained by you and guided by your council:                                                                                                       /R


For all who are worn by illness, all who are wronged and oppressed, the weary and heavy laden, the aged and the dying, that they may be strengthened by your love and fatherly pity:                                     /R


That in charity your Church may flourish and in truth live and do your work:                                                                                                  /R


That your Church may be zealous in laboring for the removal of oppression and injustice and that it may take its full share in all efforts for the healing of the sick, the clothing of the naked, and the feeding of the hungry:                                                                                         /R


That the pastors of your Church may be men and women of honest mind and simple heart and set forth your truth both in word and deed:                                                                                                                 /R


That men and women may eagerly respond to every call to sacrifice and service, so that the burden of sin may be lifted off all human hearts and the ends of the earth see your salvation:                 /R


That your merciful blessing may be extended to all our friends and to all our enemies, to all who pray for us and to all who have desired that we should pray for them:                                                                       


Silence is kept for prayer.


O Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,

We implore you to hear us.


(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