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Evening Prayer 10 14 2021
Pam Smith
Pam Smith
Thursday, October 14, 2021

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October 14, 2021



    On Eagle's Wings
         ELW 787   (vs. 1 & 3)

You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,
who abide in this shadow for life,
say to the Lord: "My refuge,
my rock in whom I trust!"

    And he will raise you up on eagle's wings,
    bear you on the breath of dawn,
    make you to shine like the sun,
    and hold you in the palm of his hand.

You need not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day;
though thousands fall about you,
near you it shall not come.    Refrain

     Will You Let Me Be Your Servant  
  ELW 659   (vs. 1, 2, 5)

Will you let me be your servant,
let me be as Christ to you?
Pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant, too.

We are pilgrims on a journey,
we are trav'lers on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

Will you let me be your servant,
let me be as Christ to you?
Pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant, too.


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,    
    receive your forgiveness,
    and grow into the fullness of your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord.

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. 

Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples on earth. Shape us into willing servants of your kingdom, and make us desire always and only your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Psalm 91

 1You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
 who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
 2will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress;
 my God, in whom I trust."
 3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
 and from the deadly pestilence;
 4he will cover you with his pinions,
 and under his wings you will find refuge;
 his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
 5You will not fear the terror of the night,
 or the arrow that flies by day,
 6or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
 or the destruction that wastes at noonday.
 7A thousand may fall at your side,
 ten thousand at your right hand,
 but it will not come near you.
 8You will only look with your eyes
 and see the punishment of the wicked.
 9Because you have made the LORD your refuge,
 the Most High your dwelling place,
 10no evil shall befall you,
 no scourge come near your tent.
 11For he will command his angels concerning you
 to guard you in all your ways.
 12On their hands they will bear you up,
 so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
 13You will tread on the lion and the adder,
 the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.
 14Those who love me, I will deliver;
 I will protect those who know my name.
 15When they call to me, I will answer them;
 I will be with them in trouble,
 I will rescue them and honor them.
 16With long life I will satisfy them,
 and show them my salvation.

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 135

 1Praise the LORD!
 Praise the name of the LORD;
 give praise, O servants of the LORD,
 2you that stand in the house of the LORD,
 in the courts of the house of our God.
 3Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
 sing to his name, for he is gracious.
 4For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself,
 Israel as his own possession.
 5For I know that the LORD is great;
 our LORD is above all gods.
 6Whatever the LORD pleases he does,
 in heaven and on earth,
 in the seas and all deeps.
 7He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth;
 he makes lightnings for the rain
 and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
 8He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
 both human beings and animals;
 9he sent signs and wonders
 into your midst, O Egypt,
 against Pharaoh and all his servants.
 10He struck down many nations
 and killed mighty kings —
 11Sihon, king of the Amorites,
 and Og, king of Bashan,
 and all the kingdoms of Canaan —
 12and gave their land as a heritage,
 a heritage to his people Israel.
 13Your name, O LORD, endures forever,
 your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages.
 14For the LORD will vindicate his people,
 and have compassion on his servants.
 15The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
 the work of human hands.
 16They have mouths, but they do not speak;
 they have eyes, but they do not see;
 17they have ears, but they do not hear,
 and there is no breath in their mouths.
 18Those who make them
 and all who trust them
 shall become like them.
 19O house of Israel, bless the LORD!
 O house of Aaron, bless the LORD!
 20O house of Levi, bless the LORD!
 You that fear the LORD, bless the LORD!
 21Blessed be the LORD from Zion,
 he who resides in Jerusalem.
 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:   Hebrews 5:1-10

1Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; 3and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
5So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
"You are my Son,
today I have begotten you";
6as he says also in another place,
"You are a priest forever,
according to the order of Melchizedek."
7In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

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

For our country, that angry vitriol may subside and concern for the common good may grow, let us pray to the Lord.
    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 deliverance in the times of affliction, wrath, danger, and need, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

For all persons who are suffering in this time of pandemic – the sick, their families, and all healthcare workers, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

For the congregations, pastors, and leaders of the churches in the Florida-Bahamas Synod who meet in Assembly this weekend, 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.


      Rise, O Church, like Christ Arisen      
            ELW 548   (vs. 2,4)

Rise, transformed, and choose to follow
after Christ, though wounded, whole;
broken, shared, our lives are hallowed
to release and to console.
Alleluia, alleluia;
Christ, our present, past, and goal.

Service be our sure vocation;
courage be our daily breath;
mercy be our destination
from this day and unto death.
Alleluia, alleluia.
Rise, O church, a living faith.

On Eagle's Wings,  Text and music: Michael Joncas, b. 1957, Text and music © 1979 OCP Publications. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274. All rights reserved.

Will You Let Me Be Your Servant, Text: Richard Gillard, b. 1953, Music: Richard Gillard, arr. Betty Pulkingham, b 1928. Text and music © 1977 Scripture In Song (c/o Integrity's Hosanna Music) /ASCAP, c/o Integrity Media, Inc., Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License #SAS016761.  All rights reserved.

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.

Rise, O Church, like Christ Arisen, Text: Susan Palo Cherwien, b. 1953, Text © 1997 Susan Palo Cherwien, admin. Augsburg Fortress.  Music: Timothy J. Strand, b. 1958.  Music © 1007 Augsburg Fortress.  Text and music reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274. All rights reserved.