Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Evening Prayer - Wednesday, December 16, 7 p.m.

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for Wednesday in the Third 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 29


In that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine,

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


1 Ascribe to the | Lord, you gods,*

                ascribe to the Lord glo- | ry and strength.

2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory | due his name;*

                worship the Lord in the beau- | ty of holiness.

3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of  | glory thunders;*

                the Lord is upon the | mighty waters.

 4 The voice of the Lord is a pow- | erful voice;*

                the voice of the Lord is a | voice of splendor.

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the | cedar trees;*

                the Lord breaks the ce- | dars of Lebanon;

6 he makes Lebanon skip | like a calf,*

                and Mount Hermon like a | young wild ox.

7 The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire;

the voice of the Lord | shakes the wilderness;*

                the Lord shakes the wilder- | ness of Kadesh.

8 The voice of the Lord makes the | oak trees writhe*

                and strips the | forests bare.

9 And in the temple | of the Lord*

                all are | crying, "Glory!"

10 The Lord sits enthroned a- | bove the flood;*

                the Lord sits enthroned as | king forevermore.

11 The Lord shall give strength | to his people;*

                the Lord shall give his people the bless- | ing of peace.


In that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine,

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


Lord our king, your voice sounds over the waters as you reign above the flood. Help us, who are born again by water and the Holy Spirit, to praise your wonderful deeds in your holy temple; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.    



Hymn                                                                                   LBW 30


1      Come, thou long-expected Jesus,

        born to set thy people free;

        from our fears and sins release us;

        let us find our rest in thee.

        Israel's strength and consolation,

        hope of all the earth thou art,

        dear desire of ev'ry nation,

        joy of ev'ry longing heart.


2      Born thy people to deliver,

        born a child, and yet a king;

        born to reign in us forever,

        now thy gracious kingdom bring.

        By thine own eternal Spirit

        rule in all our hearts alone;

        by thine all-sufficient merit

        raise us to thy glorious throne.


Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788


READING                                                                                       Isaiah 51:1-11

Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. 2Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many. 3For the Lord will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.

4Listen to me, my people, and give heed to me, my nation; for a teaching will go out from me, and my justice for a light to the peoples. 5I will bring near my deliverance swiftly, my salvation has gone out and my arms will rule the peoples; the coastlands wait for me, and for my arm they hope. 6Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and those who live on it will die like gnats; but my salvation will be forever, and my deliverance will never be ended. 7Listen to me, you who know righteousness, you people who have my teaching in your hearts; do not fear the reproach of others, and do not be dismayed when they revile you. 8For the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool; but my deliverance will be forever, and my salvation to all generations.

9Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord! Awake, as in days of old, the generations of long ago! Was it not you who cut Rahab in pieces, who pierced the dragon? 10Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; who made the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to cross over? 11So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

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