Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Evening Prayer for Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Easter (Jubilate)

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for Wednesday in 4 Easter


(Lutheran Book of Worship, page 142)

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.

  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

We are illumined by the brightness of his rising.

  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Death has no more dominion over us.

  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


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 the light that never fades.


Night is falling 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 own free gift, now the evening lights do not fail us.


We praise you and glorify you through your 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 116


The glory of the Lord shines on the city. Alleluia.

  Its lamp is the Lamb. Alleluia.


1 I love the Lord, because he has heard the voice of my | supplication,*

                because he has inclined his ear to me

whenever I | called upon him.

2 The cords of death entangled me;

the grip of the grave took | hold of me;*

                I came to | grief and sorrow.

3 Then I called upon the name | of the Lord:*

                "O Lord, I pray you, | save my life."

4 Gracious is the | Lord and righteous;*

                our God is full | of compassion.

5 The Lord watches o- | ver the innocent;*

                I was brought very low, | and he helped me.

 6 Turn again to your rest, | O my soul.*

                for the Lord has treat- | ed you well.

7 For you have rescued my | life from death,*

                my eyes from tears, and my | feet from stumbling.

8 I will walk in the presence | of the Lord*

                in the land | of the living.

9 I believed, even when I said, "I have been brought | very low."*

                In my distress I said, "No one | can be trusted."

10 How shall I re- | pay the Lord*

                for all the good things he has | done for me?

11 I will lift up the cup | of salvation*

                and call upon the name | of the Lord.

12 I will fulfill my vows | to the Lord*

                in the presence of | all his people.

13 Precious in the sight | of the Lord*

                is the death | of his servants.

14 O Lord, I | am your servant;*

                I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;

                you have freed me | from my bonds.

15 I will offer you the sacrifice | of thanksgiving*

                and call upon the name | of the Lord.

16 I will fulfill my vows | to the Lord*

                in the presence of | all his people,

17 in the courts of | the Lord's house,*

                in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. | Hallelujah!



The glory of the Lord shines on the city. Alleluia.

  Its lamp is the Lamb. Alleluia.


God of power and mercy, through the Passion and resurrection of your Son you have freed us from the bonds of death and the anguish of separation from you. Be with us on our pilgrimage, and help us offer you a sacrifice of praise, fulfill our vows, and glorify you in the presence of all your people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 



Hymn                        I Love Your Kingdom, Lord                                         LBW 368


1              I love your kingdom, Lord,

                the place of your abode;

                the church our blest Redeemer saved

                with his own precious blood.


2              I love your church, O God!

                Its walls before you stand,

                dear as the apple of your eye

                and graven on your hand.


3              Beyond my highest joy

                I prize its heav’nly ways,

                its sweet communion, solemn vows,

                its hymns of love and praise.


4             Sure as your truth shall last,

                to Zion shall be giv’n

                the brightest glories earth can yield,

                and brighter bliss of heav’n.


Text: Timothy Dwight, 1752-1817, alt.


 READING                                                                                   Ephesians 5:15-21

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

The Word of the Lord.                                        Thanks be to God.

Silence for meditation. 


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.





This is the day the Lord has made. Alleluia.

  Let us rejoice and be glad in it. 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


This is the day the Lord has made. Alleluia.

  Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Alleluia.



An Expression of Joy and Humility[1]


Let us praise God in gladness and humility for all great and simple joys and for the weak things of the earth which have confounded the strong.


For the gift of wonder and joy in discovery; for the everlasting freshness of experience; for the newness of life each day as we grow older: Glory to you, O Lord.


For the fireside; for the intimacies of friendship; for the traditions and customs of the home; for meals eaten together in fellowship; and for all the holy things of family life: Glory to you, O Lord.


For games and holidays in the open air; for books and pictures and all our small possessions: Glory to you, O Lord.


For forest trees in spring and for fruit blossoms; for the smell of the earth after the rain; for the green grass and the flowers; for cloud and sun, hills and mountain streams: Glory to you, O Lord.


For birds; for children and the joys of innocence; for the satisfaction of work attempted and achieved; for the joy of harvest and the wedding feast: Glory to you, O Lord.


For the happiness which is born of sympathy and sorrow; for the rapture of the lost soul finding love again; and for the joy of the angels of God over one sinner that repents: Glory to you, O Lord.


For all purging comedy and laughter; and for the gift of humor and gaiety of heart: Glory to you, O Lord.


For all the Lord’s merry ones, who have consecrated mirth with the love of Christ: Glory to you, O Lord.


For all singers and musicians and all who work in form or color to increase the joy of life: Glory to you, O Lord.


For poets and craftsmen; for all who rejoice in their work and make things well: Glory to you, O Lord.


For all who have loved the unfortunate and borne their sorrows in their hearts: Glory to you, O Lord.


For all obscure and humble saints; for village pastors and ministering women, who have made life sweet and gentler: Glory to you, O Lord.


For those disciples who have not fully understood all Christian doctrines and yet have lived in the companionship of Christ: Glory to you, O Lord.


For the image of Christ in all folk, their forbearance and generosity, their good temper in crowds, their courage and their kindness: Glory to you, O Lord.


For the glory of God shining in unsung lives; for husband and wife devising ways to please each other, and for the sacrifices of both for their children: Glory to you, O Lord.


For all holy and humble of heart, in whom the loveliness of our Savior Christ has been made manifest in the world: Glory to you, O Lord.


Rejoicing in the fellowship of all the saints, we commend ourselves, one another, and our whole life to Christ our Lord.

To you, O Lord.


Let us pray for our own needs and the needs of others.


Silent prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.



 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

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 us.  Amen

Herbert Lindemann, The Daily Office.