Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Evening Prayer for Wednesday after 3 Pentecost, 7 p.m.

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for Wednesday after 4 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.


The psalmody begins with this prayer for forgiveness and protection:


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.   Ps. 141:1-7


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 124


Our help is in the name of the LORD;

  the maker of heaven and earth.


1 If the Lord had not been | on our side,*

                let Isra- | el now say;

2 if the Lord had not been | on our side,*

                when enemies rose | up against us,

3 then would they have swallowed us | up alive*

                in their fierce | anger toward us;

4 then would the waters have | overwhelmed us*

                and the torrent gone | over us;

5 then would the | raging waters*

                have gone right | over us.

6 Blessed | be the Lord!*

                He has not given us over to be a prey | for their teeth.

7 We have escaped like a bird from the snare | of the fowler;*

                the snare is broken, and we | have escaped.

8 Our help is in the name | of the Lord,*

                the maker of heav- | en and earth.


Our help is in the name of the LORD;

  the maker of heaven and earth.


Lord Jesus, you foretold that your disciples would be despised on account of your name, yet you number the very hairs of their heads. In times of persecution, defend and revive us by the power and comfort of the Holy Spirit, so that we can be freed from our enemies and praise your saving help now and forever.  Amen


Hymn                        We Walk By Faith and Not by Sight                     WOV 675


1              We walk by faith and not by sight;

                with gracious words draw near,

                O Christ, who spoke as none e’er spoke:

                “My peace be with you here.”


2              We may not touch your hands and side,

                nor follow where you trod;

                but in your promise we rejoice,

                and cry, “My Lord and God!”


3              Help then, O Lord, our unbelief;

                and may our faith abound

                to call on you when you are near

                and seek where you are found:


4             That, when our life of faith is done,

                in realms of clearer light

                we may behold you as you are,

                with full and endless sight.


Text: Henry Alford, 1810-1871, alt.



READING                                                                          2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17

6So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

   14For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

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.




Prayer and Benediction

Almighty God, grant to your Church your Holy Spirit and the wisdom which comes down from heaven, that your Word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christ’s holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve you and in the confession of your name may abide to the end; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


The almighty and merciful Lord,

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