Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Evening Prayer on Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Easter, 7 p.m.

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for Wednesday in 5 Easter (Cantate)


(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 98


God feeds us with finest wheat. Alleluia.

  He fills us with honey from the rock. Alleluia.


1 Sing to the Lord | a new song,*

                for he has done | marvelous things.

2 With his right hand and his | holy arm*

                has he won for him- | self the victory.

3 The Lord has made | known his victory;*

                his righteousness has he openly shown

in the sight | of the nations.

4 He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to the | house of Israel,*

                and all the ends of the earth have seen the victory | of our God.

5 Shout with joy to the Lord, | all you lands;*

                lift up your voice, re- | joice, and sing.

6 Sing to the Lord | with the harp,*

                with the harp and the | voice of song.

7 With trumpets and the sound | of the horn*

                shout with joy before the | king, the Lord.

8 Let the sea make a noise and all | that is in it,*

                the lands and those who | dwell therein.

9 Let the rivers | clap their hands,*

                and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord,

                when he comes to | judge the earth.

10 In righteousness shall he | judge the world*

                and the peo- | ples with equity.


God feeds us with finest wheat. Alleluia.

  He fills us with honey from the rock. Alleluia.


Lord, we sing to you a new song, for your victory is ever new. In the empty tomb you have given us a glimpse of your future, and in your victory over death you have shown us how we shall overcome the last enemy. As the seas roar and the hills sing together, we too will praise you for your great triumph, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever.


Hymn                        O God, My Faithful God                                                  LBW 504


1      O God, my faithful God,

        true fountain ever flowing,

        without whom nothing is,

        all perfect gifts bestowing:

        give me a healthy frame,

        and may I have within

        a conscience free from blame,

        a soul unstained by sin.


2      Give me the strength to do

        with ready heart and willing

        whatever you command,

        my calling here fulfilling--

        to do it when I ought,

        with all my might--and bless

        whatever I have wrought,

        for you must give success.


3      Keep me from saying words

        that later need recalling;

        guard me, lest idle speech

        may from my lips be falling;

        but when, within my place,

        I must and ought to speak,

        then to my words give grace,

        lest I offend the weak.


4     When dangers gather round,

        oh, keep me calm and fearless;

        help me to bear the cross

        when life seems dark and cheerless;

        help me, as you have taught,

        to love both great and small,

        and, by your Spirit's might,

        to live at peace with all.


Text: Johann Heermann, 1585-1647; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878, alt.


READING                                                                                   Ephesians 6:5-9

Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

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.






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                   God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven                       LBW 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.




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.