Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Evening Prayer - December 9, 2020, 7 p.m.


for Wednesday in the Second Week of Advent


(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)


The Spirit and the Church cry out:

Come, Lord Jesus.

All those who await his appearance pray:

Come, Lord Jesus.

The whole creation pleads:

Come, Lord Jesus.


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.


  We praise and thank you, O God, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom you have enlightened us by revealing to us the light that never fades.

  Night has fallen and day’s allotted span draws to a close.

  The daylight which you created for our pleasure has fully satisfied us, and yet, of your free gift, now the evening lights do not fail us.

  We praise and glorify you through you Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, through him be glory, honor, and power to you in the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.



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 80


In that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine,

  and the hills shall flow with milk and honey. Alleluia.


1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph | like a flock;*

                shine forth, you that are enthroned up- | on the cherubim.

2 In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, | and Manasseh,*

                stir up your strength and | come to help us.

3 Restore us, O | God of hosts;*

            show the light of your countenance,

and we | shall be saved.

4 O Lord | God of hosts,*

            how long will you be angered

despite the prayers | of your people?

5 You have fed them with the | bread of tears;*

                you have given them bowls of | tears to drink.

6 You have made us the derision | of our neighbors,*

                and our enemies laugh | us to scorn.

7 Restore us, O | God of hosts;*

            show the light of your countenance,

and we | shall be saved.

8 You have brought a vine | out of Egypt;*

            you cast out the nations and | planted it.

9 You prepared the | ground for it;*

                it took root and | filled the land.

10 The mountains were covered | by its shadow*

                and the towering cedar trees | by its boughs.

11 You stretched out its tendrils | to the sea*

            and its branches | to the river.

12 Why have you broken | down its wall,*

            so that all who pass by pluck | off its grapes?

13 The wild boar of the forest has | ravaged it,*

                and the beasts of the field have | grazed upon it.

14 Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;

behold and | tend this vine;*

                preserve what your right | hand has planted.

15 They burn it with | fire like rubbish;*

            at the rebuke of your countenance | let them perish.

16 Let your hand be upon the man of | your right hand,*

            the son of man you have made so strong | for yourself.

17 And so will we never turn a- | way from you;*

                give us life, that we may call up- | on your name.

18 Restore us, O Lord | God of hosts;*

            show the light of your countenance,

and we | shall be saved.


In that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine,

  and the hills shall flow with milk and honey. Alleluia.


Lord God, let your anger depart from us. Hear our prayers and restore us, that, as the Son of man came once clothed in human flesh, so may he come again to judge the living and the dead; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Hymn                                                                                   LBW 22


1              The advent of our God

                shall be our theme for prayer;

                come, let us meet him on the road

                and place for him prepare.


2              The everlasting Son

                incarnate stoops to be,

                himself the servant’s form puts on

                to set his people free.


3              Come, Zion’s daughter, rise

                to meet your lowly king,

                nor let your faithless heart despise

                the peace he comes to bring.


4             As judge, on clouds of light,

                he soon will come again,

                and all his scattered saints unite

                with him on high to reign.


5              Before the dawning day

                let sin be put to flight;

                no longer let the law hold sway,

                but walk in freedom’s light.


6              All glory to the Son,

                who comes to set us free,

                with Father, Spirit, ever one

                through all eternity.


Text: Charles Coffin, 1676-1749; tr. John Chandler, 1806-1876, alt.

READING                                                                                          Isaiah 11:1-6


A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord3His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; 4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. 6The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.


The Word of the Lord.                                                       Thanks be to God.



Fear not, Mary, you have found favor with the Lord.

  Behold, you shall conceive and bear a Son. Alleluia.




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.


Jesus, name called Wonderful:             

                                                We praise and bless your Holy Name.

Jesus, our great Counselor:                                                    /R

Jesus, true and mighty God:                                                    /R

Jesus, everlasting Father:                                                          /R

Jesus, Prince of Peace:                                                                 /R


Jesus, Son of David:      Deliver us from our sins, we beseech you.

Jesus, Branch of Jesse:                                                                 /R

Jesus, Rose of Sharon:                                                                 /R

Jesus, Lily of the Valleys:                                                          /R

Jesus, Bright and Morning Star:                                            /R


Jesus, Scepter of Israel:                               Help us and bless us.

Jesus, Light of the Gentiles:                                                     /R

Jesus, Desire of all nations:                                                       /R

Jesus, Sun of Righteousness:                                                   /R

Jesus, Lawgiver, Priest, Judge, and King:                          /R


O Jesus, hear us:                             And prepare us for your coming.


Gather your ancient people unto yourself:

  Hear our prayer, O Lord, and let our cry come before you.

Bring all the nations to come to your light and your truth:


Convert all leaders of nations to fall down before you

   and to desire your beauty:                                                    /R

Help your messengers in every land to prepare the way before you:


Let all the nations fear you as long as the sun and moon endure,

  throughout all generations:                                                                   /R

Give your ministers righteousness and knowledge:                   /R

Preserve all who put their trust in you:                                             /R

And give peace to all your people:                                                        /R


Prepare us for your coming:     And save us from our sins.


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                                                                          LBW 34


1              Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,

                and ransom captive Israel,

                that mourns in lonely exile here

                until the Son of God appear.



                Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

                shall come to you, O Israel.

2              Oh, come, oh, come, great Lord of might,

                who to your tribes on Sinai’s height

                in ancient times once gave the law

                in cloud, and majesty, and awe.  Refrain


3              Oh, come, strong Branch of Jesse, free

                your own from Satan’s tyranny;

                from depths of hell your people save

                and give them vict’ry o’er the grave.  Refrain


4             Oh, come, blest Dayspring, come and cheer

                our spirits by your advent here;

                disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

                and death’s dark shadows put to flight.  Refrain


5              Oh, come, O Key of David, come,

                and open wide our heav’nly home;

                make safe the way that leads on high,

                and close the path to misery.  Refrain


Text: Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, Köln, 1710; tr. John M. Neale, 1818-1866, alt.




Prayer and Benediction

Accept, O Lord, our praises and supplications, and look graciously on our households and our faith family, that we may abide this night in peace and safety under the shadow of your wings, and so assist us by your grace that we may be made fit for that kingdom where there shall be no more sin, nor sorrow, nor pain, but all shall be joy and peace in the Holy Spirit, to whom, with you, O Father, and you, O blessed Jesus, be all glory, both now and evermore.



The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, + the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you.  Amen