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Evening Prayer 06 16 2022
Mary Flekke
Mary Flekke
Thursday, June 16, 2022



June 16, 2022




Jesus Christ is the light of the world,
the light no dark ness 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

Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God,
Whose steadfast love endures forever.

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

     Silence is kept for reflection.

Merciful God,
we confess that we have not followed your path but have chosen our own way.  Instead of putting others before ourselves, we long to take the best seats at the table.  When met by those in need, we have too often passed by on the other side.  Set us again on the path of life.  Save us from ourselves and free us to love our neighbors.  Amen.

Hear the good news!
God does not deal with us according to our sins but delights in granting pardon and mercy.  In the name of + Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven.  You are free to love as God loves

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.  Amen. 

Let us pray.    
O Lord God, we bring before you the cries of a sorrowing world. In your mercy set us free from the chains that bind us, and defend us from everything that is evil, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Proverbs 1:20-33

20Wisdom cries out in the street;
 in the squares she raises her voice.
 21At the busiest corner she cries out;
 at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
 22"How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
 How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
 and fools hate knowledge?
 23Give heed to my reproof;
 I will pour out my thoughts to you;
 I will make my words known to you.
 24Because I have called and you refused,
 have stretched out my hand and no one heeded,
 25and because you have ignored all my counsel
 and would have none of my reproof,
 26I also will laugh at your calamity;
 I will mock when panic strikes you,
 27when panic strikes you like a storm,
 and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
 when distress and anguish come upon you.
 28Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
 they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.
 29Because they hated knowledge
 and did not choose the fear of the LORD,
 30would have none of my counsel,
 and despised all my reproof,
 31therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way
 and be sated with their own devices.
 32For waywardness kills the simple,
 and the complacency of fools destroys them;
 33but those who listen to me will be secure
 and will live at ease, without dread of disaster."

Psalm 42
 1As a deer longs for flowing streams,
 so my soul longs for you, O God.
 2My soul thirsts for God,
 for the living God.
 When shall I come and behold
 the face of God?
 3My tears have been my food
 day and night,
 while people say to me continually,
 "Where is your God?"
 4These things I remember,
 as I pour out my soul:
 how I went with the throng,
 and led them in procession to the house of God,
 with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
 a multitude keeping festival.
 5Why are you cast down, O my soul,
 and why are you disquieted within me?
 Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
 my help 6and my God.
My soul is cast down within me;
 therefore I remember you
 from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
 from Mount Mizar.
 7Deep calls to deep
 at the thunder of your cataracts;
 all your waves and your billows
 have gone over me.
 8By day the LORD commands his steadfast love,
 and at night his song is with me,
 a prayer to the God of my life.
 9I say to God, my rock,
 "Why have you forgotten me?
 Why must I walk about mournfully
 because the enemy oppresses me?"
 10As with a deadly wound in my body,
 my adversaries taunt me,
 while they say to me continually,
 "Where is your God?"
 11Why are you cast down, O my soul,
 and why are you disquieted within me?
 Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
 my help and my God.

Gloria Patri

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. 

Galatians 3:23-29
23Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 24Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

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)

Magnificat  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. Amen.

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
    born of the virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried;
    he descended to the dead
    On the third day he rose again;
    he ascended into heaven,
    he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
    and he will come 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.


In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

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

For the peace of the whole world, 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 health of the creation, for abundant harvests that all may share,
and for peaceful times, 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 those who travel, for those who are sick and suffering, and for those who are in captivity, let us pray to the Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.

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

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

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

Giving thanks for all who have gone before us and are at rest, rejoicing in the communion of all the saints, we commend ourselves, one another, and our whole life to you, through Christ our Lord.
    To you, O Lord. 

O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works:  give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever.

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. 


Let us bless the Lord.            
Thanks be to God.
The peace of God which passes all understanding keep our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.

Postlude  In Christ There Is No East or West    
                   ELW 650   (v. 1,2,3)

In Christ there is no east or west,
in him no south or north,
but one community of love
throughout the whole wide earth.

In Christ shall true hearts ev'rywhere
their high communion find;
his service is the golden cord
close binding humankind.

Join hands, disciples of the faith,
whate'er your race may be.
All children of the living God
are surely kin to me.

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 Used with permission.

 In Christ There Is No East or West , Text: John Oxenham, 1852-1941, alt. Music: African American spiritual; adapt. Harry T.Burleigh, 1866-1949.  Public domain.