Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Evening Prayer for the Wednesday after Pentecost, 7 p.m.

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for Wednesday in the week after 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


My delight is in the Law of the Lord.

  My delight is in the Law of the Lord.


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.


  My delight is in the Law of the Lord.


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                        O Holy Spirit, Enter In                                                      LBW 459


1      O Holy Spirit, enter in,

        and in our hearts your work begin,

        and make our hearts your dwelling.

        Sun of the soul, O Light divine,

        around and in us brightly shine,

        your strength in us upwelling.

        In your radiance

        life from heaven

        now is given


        gift of gifts beyond all knowing.


2      Left to ourselves, we surely stray;

        oh, lead us on the narrow way,

        with wisest counsel guide us;

        and give us steadfastness, that we

        may follow you forever free,

        no matter who derides us.

        Gently heal those

        hearts now broken;

        give some token

        you are near us,

        whom we trust to light and cheer us.



3      O mighty Rock, O Source of life,

        let your good Word in doubt and strife

        be strongly in us burning,

        that we be faithful unto death

        and live in love and holy faith,

        from you true wisdom learning.

        Lord, your mercy

        on us shower;

        by your power

        Christ confessing,

        we will cherish all your blessing.


READING                                                                                         Luke 11:53 – 12:12

As he went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard and to provoke him to speak about many things, lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say.

In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

The Word of the Lord.                                        Thanks be to God.                             

Silence for reflection.



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


The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.


The prayers are said with the congregation saying ‘Amen’ to each.


The final prayer is said:

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 Lord’s Prayer is said.


Then is said:


Let us bless the Lord.

  Thanks be to God.


The almighty and merciful Lord,

the Father, + the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve us.