Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Evening Prayer: Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 7 p.m.


(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 125

1 Those who trust in the Lord are | like Mount Zion,*

                which cannot be moved, but stands | fast forever.

2 The hills stand a- | bout Jerusalem;*

                so does the Lord stand round about his people,

                from this time forth for- | evermore.

3 The scepter of the wicked shall not hold sway over the land allotted | to the just,*

                so that the just shall not put their | hands to evil.

4 Show your goodness, O Lord, to those | who are good*

                and to those who are | true of heart.

5 As for those who turn aside to crooked ways,

the Lord will lead them away with the | evildoers;*

                but peace be | upon Israel.


Lord, surround your people with your presence. Do not let us stretch out our hands to evil deeds, nor be destroyed by the snares of the enemy, but bring us to share the land prepared for the saints in light, where you live and reign, God, now and forever.  

Psalm 91

1 He who dwells in the shelter of | the Most High,*

                abides under the shadow of | the Almighty.

2 He shall say to the Lord, "You are my refuge | and my stronghold,*

                my God in whom I | put my trust."

3 He shall deliver you from the snare | of the hunter*

                and from the | deadly pestilence.

4 He shall cover you with his pinions, and you shall find refuge un- | der his wings;*

                his faithfulness shall be a | shield and buckler.

5 You shall not be afraid of any ter- | ror by night,*

                nor of the arrow that | flies by day;

6 of the plague that stalks | in the darkness,*

                nor of the sickness that lays | waste at midday.

7 A thousand shall fall at your side and ten thousand at | your right hand,*

                but it shall | not come near you.

8 Your eyes have only | to behold*

                to see the reward | of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the | Lord your refuge,*

                and the Most High your | habitation,

10 there shall no evil hap- | pen to you,*

                neither shall any plague come | near your dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge | over you,*

                to keep you in | all your ways.

12 They shall bear you | in their hands,*

                lest you dash your foot a- | gainst a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the li- | on and the adder;*

                you shall trample the young lion and the serpent un- | der your feet.

14 Because he is bound to me in love, therefore will I de- | liver him;*

                I will protect him, because he | knows my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will | answer him;*

                I am with him in trouble; I will rescue him and bring | him to honor.

16 With long life will I sat- | isfy him,*

                and show him | my salvation.


Lord Jesus Christ, when tempted by the devil, you remained true to your Father, who commanded his angels to watch over you. Guard your Church from the plague of sin, so that we may remain faithful to you until the day when we enjoy the fullness of your salvation; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  (369)

HYMN: O Trinity, O Blessed Light

1      O Trinity, O blessed Light,

        O Unity of princely might:

        the fiery sun is going down;

        shed light upon us through your Son.


2      To you our morning song of praise,

        to you our evening prayer we raise;

        we praise your light in ev’ry age,

        the glory of our pilgrimage.


3      All glory be to God above

        and to the Son, the prince of love,

        and to the Spirit, One in Three!

        We praise you, blessed Trinity.


Mark 4:1-20

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


L             Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,


C             have mercy and hear us.


C             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


C             I believe in God, the Father almighty,

                                creator of heaven and earth.


                I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

                                He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                                and born of the virgin Mary.

                                He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                                                was crucified, died, and was buried.

                                He descended into hell.

                                On the third day he rose again.

                                He ascended into heaven,

                                                and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                                He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


                I believe in the Holy Spirit,

                                the holy catholic Church,

                                the communion of saints,

                                the forgiveness of sins,

                                the resurrection of the body,

                                and the life everlasting. Amen


L             Show us your mercy, O Lord,

C             and grant us your salvation.

L             Clothe your ministers with righteousness.

C             Let your people sing with joy.

L             Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;

C             for only in you can we live in safety.

L             Lord, keep this nation under your care,

C             and guide us in the way of justice and truth.

L             Let your way be known upon earth;

C             your saving health among all nations.

L             Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten,

C             nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

L             Create in us clean hearts, O God,

C             and sustain us with your Holy Spirit.


L             The Lord be with you.

C             And also with you.


L             Let us pray. . . .

C             Amen


6.                    The final prayer is that appropriate to the time of day:




L             We give thanks to you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have this day so graciously protected us. We beg you to forgive us all our sins and the wrong which we have done. By your great mercy defend us from all the perils and dangers of this night. Into your hands we commend our bodies and souls, and all that is ours. Let your holy angels have charge of us, that the wicked one have no power over us.   


L             Let us bless the Lord.

C            Thanks be to God.


L             The Lord bless us, defend us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

C            Amen