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Evening Prayer 09 23 2021
Pam Smith
Pam Smith
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Unfortunately, there is some type of technical difficulty with Facebook such that we cannot access Facebook Live despite numerous attempts to do so.
We will not have Evening Prayer today and will try to solve the problem for next week.
You can use the Order of Worship below and have your own individual Evening Prayer this time.
May God bless you this night.
Pastor Pam

Come join us as we close the day and welcome the evening in this devotional time.

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September 23, 2021



Call to Worship

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.

Confession and Forgiveness

God of all mercy and consolation,
 come to the aid of your people,
    turning us from our sin 
to live for you alone.
    Give us the power of your Holy Spirit
 that, attentive to your Word,
    we may confess our sins,

Let us confess our sin in the
    presence of God and of one another.

Gracious God,
    have mercy on us.
    In your compassion
    forgive us our sins,
    known and unknown,
    things done and left undone.
    Uphold us by your Spirit
    so that we may live and serve you
    in newness of life,
    to the honor and glory of your holy name;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on you,
    forgive you all your sins
    through our Lord Jesus Christ,
    strengthen you in all goodness,
    and by the power of the Holy Spirit
    keep you in eternal life.

Thanksgiving for Light    
    The Lord be with you.
    And also with you.
    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

    We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning you called light into being,
    and you set lights in the sky to govern night and day.
    In a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night
    you led your people into freedom.
    Enlighten our darkness by the light of your Christ; may your Word be
    a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for you are merciful,
    and you love your whole creation, and with all your creatures we give you glory,
    through your Son Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    now and forever. 

Generous God, your Son gave his life that we might come to peace with you. Give us a share of your Spirit, and in all we do empower us to bear the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Psalm 19

1The heavens are telling the glory of God;
 and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
 2Day to day pours forth speech,
 and night to night declares knowledge.
 3There is no speech, nor are there words;
 their voice is not heard;
 4yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
 and their words to the end of the world.
 In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
 5which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
 and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
 6Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
 and its circuit to the end of them;
 and nothing is hid from its heat.
 7The law of the LORD is perfect,
 reviving the soul;
 the decrees of the LORD are sure,
 making wise the simple;
 8the precepts of the LORD are right,
 rejoicing the heart;
 the commandment of the LORD is clear,
 enlightening the eyes;
 9the fear of the LORD is pure,
 enduring forever;
 the ordinances of the LORD are true
 and righteous altogether.
 10More to be desired are they than gold,
 even much fine gold;
 sweeter also than honey,
 and drippings of the honeycomb.
 11Moreover by them is your servant warned;
 in keeping them there is great reward.
 12But who can detect their errors?
 Clear me from hidden faults.
 13Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
 do not let them have dominion over me.
 Then I shall be blameless,
 and innocent of great transgression.
 14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
 be acceptable to you,
 O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.  Amen.

Psalm 115

 1Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,
 for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.
 2Why should the nations say,
 "Where is their God?"
 3Our God is in the heavens;
 he does whatever he pleases.
 4Their idols are silver and gold,
 the work of human hands.
 5They have mouths, but do not speak;
 eyes, but do not see.
 6They have ears, but do not hear;
 noses, but do not smell.
 7They have hands, but do not feel;
 feet, but do not walk;
 they make no sound in their throats.
 8Those who make them are like them;
 so are all who trust in them.
 9O Israel, trust in the LORD!
 He is their help and their shield.
 10O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD!
 He is their help and their shield.
 11You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD!
 He is their help and their shield.
 12The LORD has been mindful of us; he will bless us;
 he will bless the house of Israel;
 he will bless the house of Aaron;
 13he will bless those who fear the LORD,
 both small and great.
 14May the LORD give you increase,
 both you and your children.
 15May you be blessed by the LORD,
 who made heaven and earth.
 16The heavens are the LORD's heavens,
 but the earth he has given to human beings.
 17The dead do not praise the LORD,
 nor do any that go down into silence.
 18But we will bless the LORD
 from this time on and forevermore.
 Praise the LORD!

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.  Amen.

Reading:   James 5:13-20

13Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.
19My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner's soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



    Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets,
    but in these last days God has spoken to us by the Son.

Gospel Canticle  (together)

        A Prayer-Paraphrase of Luke 1: 46-55

We praise you, Lord,
                and our spirits rejoice in you – our Saviour;

For you take notice of the unnoticeable,
            and transform them into the blessed;
You are strong and true to yourself and all that is good
            in everything you are and do and say;
            and you do great things for us;

Through the ages you have shown compassion
            to those who trust you,
And in your strength you have scattered
            those who are arrogant and abusive;

You have made the thrones of tyrants topple
            and you have made humble people into leaders of many;
You have cared for and provided for those who have nothing,
            and you have left the over-satisfied with empty hands;

You have always been a help to your people,
            and have shown mercy when we have gone astray;
You made this promise to our ancestors,
            and you continue to stay true to it even now.

We praise you, Lord,
            and our spirits rejoice in you – our Saviour.

Thanksgiving for Salvation

Surely God is my salvation;
 I will trust, and will not be afraid,
 for the Lord GOD is my strength and my might;
 he has become my salvation.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
And you will say in that day:
 Give thanks to the LORD,
 call on his name;
 make known his deeds among the nations;
 proclaim that his name is exalted.
 Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;
 let this be known in all the earth.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.



For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord,
    Lord, have mercy.

    For the well-being of the church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise,
    let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.
For the people and nations of the world engaged in the war and violence, that peace may be restored, let us pray.
Lord, have mercy.

For all who are suffering as a result of the wildfires in the United States and around the world, let us pray.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For public servants, the government, and those who protect us;
    for those who work to bring peace, justice, healing, and protection
    in this and every place, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.
For all persons who are suffering with the Covid virus -- the sick, their families, and all healthcare workers, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

For deliverance in the times of affliction, wrath, danger, and need,
    let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

    For all servants of the church, for all followers and disciples of Jesus,
    and for all people who await from the Lord great and abundant mercy,
    let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

Gracious God,
you have given us much today;
grant us also a thankful spirit.
Into your hands we commend ourselves
and those we love.
Be with us still, and when we take our rest
renew us for the service of your Son Jesus Christ.

In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.     Amen.

Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
        on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
    as we forgive those
        who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
    and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
    and the glory are yours,
    now and forever. Amen

The guarding of the God of life be on you,
The guarding of loving Christ be on you,
The guarding of Holy Spirit be on you
Every night of your lives,
To aid you and enfold you
Each day and night of your lives.
In the name of the Father,
and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


Liturgical Text and Music, from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, © 2006 and 2020 Augsburg Fortress, Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License #SAS016761.  All rights reserved

Magnificat,  A Prayer-Paraphrase of Luke 1: 46-55, John van de Laar, copyright © 2008 Sacredise.  Posted on Accessed on 7/21/2021.

Benediction – Jan Richardson.  Used with permission.