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Evening Prayer 11 11 2021
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Thursday, November 11, 2021



November 11, 2021



    Goodness Is Stronger than Evil
         ELW 721   (2 times)

Goodness is stronger than evil;
love is stronger than hate;
light is stronger than darkness;
life is stronger than death;
vict'ry is ours, vict'ry is ours,
through God who loves us.
Vict'ry is ours, vict'ry is ours,
through God who loves us.

     When Peace Like a River     
  ELW 785   (v. 1,4))

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll,
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
it is well, it is well with my soul.

    It is well (it is well)
    with my soul, (with my soul,)
    it is well, it is well with my soul.

Lord, hasten the day when our faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
the trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend;
even so it is well with my soul.    Refrain


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. 

Almighty God, your sovereign purpose brings salvation to birth.  Give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, trusting that your kingdom comes and your will is done through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Psalm 16

  1Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
 2I say to the LORD, "You are my LORD;
 I have no good apart from you."
 3As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
 in whom is all my delight.
 4Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;
 their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
 or take their names upon my lips.
 5The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
 you hold my lot.
 6The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
 I have a goodly heritage.
 7I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
 in the night also my heart instructs me.
 8I keep the LORD always before me;
 because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
 9Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
 my body also rests secure.
 10For you do not give me up to Sheol,
 or let your faithful one see the Pit.
 11You show me the path of life.
 In your presence there is fullness of joy;
 in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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 17

 1Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry;
 give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.
 2From you let my vindication come;
 let your eyes see the right.
 3If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
 if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
 my mouth does not transgress.
 4As for what others do, by the word of your lips
 I have avoided the ways of the violent.
 5My steps have held fast to your paths;
 my feet have not slipped.
 6I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
 incline your ear to me, hear my words.
 7Wondrously show your steadfast love,
 O savior of those who seek refuge
 from their adversaries at your right hand.
 8Guard me as the apple of the eye;
 hide me in the shadow of your wings,
 9from the wicked who despoil me,
 my deadly enemies who surround me.
 10They close their hearts to pity;
 with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
 11They track me down; now they surround me;
 they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.
 12They are like a lion eager to tear,
 like a young lion lurking in ambush.
 13Rise up, O LORD, confront them, overthrow them!
 By your sword deliver my life from the wicked,
 14from mortals — by your hand, O LORD —
 from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.
 May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them;
 may their children have more than enough;
 may they leave something over to their little ones.
 15As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
 when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

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:  Daniel 12:1-3

1At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. 2Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

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 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.


     O God, Our Help in Ages Past     
            ELW 632   (vs. 1.2.6)   

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home:

Under the shadow of your throne
your saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is your arm alone,
and our defense is sure.

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
still be our guard while troubles last
and our eternal home.

Goodness Is Stronger than Evil,  Text from An African Prayer Book selected by Desmond Tutu, © 1995 by Desmond Tutu. Used by permission of Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc., and Lynn C. Franklin Associates, Ltd; .Music: John L. Bell, b. 1949.  Music, © 1996  Iona Community, admin. GIA Publications, Inc.  Music reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274. All rights reserved.

When Peace Like a River, Text: Horatio G. Spafford, 1828-1888.  Music: Philip P. Bliss, 1838-1876.  Public domain.

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.

O God, Our Help in Ages Past , Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, alt..  Music: William Croft, 1678-1727.  Public domain.