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Evening Prayer 06 23 2022
Pam Smith
Pam Smith
Thursday, June 23, 2022



June 23, 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.    
Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you, and you favor us with true freedom. Keep us faithful to the ways of your Son, that, leaving behind all that hinders us, we may steadfastly follow your paths, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Proverbs 3:1-18
1My child, do not forget my teaching,
 but let your heart keep my commandments;
 2for length of days and years of life
 and abundant welfare they will give you.
 3Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
 bind them around your neck,
 write them on the tablet of your heart.
 4So you will find favor and good repute
 in the sight of God and of people.
 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
 and do not rely on your own insight.
 6In all your ways acknowledge him,
 and he will make straight your paths.
 7Do not be wise in your own eyes;
 fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
 8It will be a healing for your flesh
 and a refreshment for your body.
 9Honor the LORD with your substance
 and with the first fruits of all your produce;
 10then your barns will be filled with plenty,
 and your vats will be bursting with wine.
 11My child, do not despise the LORD's discipline
 or be weary of his reproof,
 12for the LORD reproves the one he loves,
 as a father the son in whom he delights.
 13Happy are those who find wisdom,
 and those who get understanding,
 14for her income is better than silver,
 and her revenue better than gold.
 15She is more precious than jewels,
 and nothing you desire can compare with her.
 16Long life is in her right hand;
 in her left hand are riches and honor.
 17Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
 and all her paths are peace.
 18She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
 those who hold her fast are called happy.

Psalm 77
 1I cry aloud to God,
 aloud to God, that he may hear me.
 2In the day of my trouble I seek the LORD;
 in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
 my soul refuses to be comforted.
 3I think of God, and I moan;
 I meditate, and my spirit faints.
 4You keep my eyelids from closing;
 I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
 5I consider the days of old,
 and remember the years of long ago.
 6I commune with my heart in the night;
 I meditate and search my spirit:
 7"Will the LORD spurn forever,
 and never again be favorable?
 8Has his steadfast love ceased forever?
 Are his promises at an end for all time?
 9Has God forgotten to be gracious?
 Has he in anger shut up his compassion?"
 10And I say, "It is my grief
 that the right hand of the Most High has changed."
 11I will call to mind the deeds of the LORD;
 I will remember your wonders of old.
 12I will meditate on all your work,
 and muse on your mighty deeds.
 13Your way, O God, is holy.
 What god is so great as our God?
 14You are the God who works wonders;
 you have displayed your might among the peoples.
 15With your strong arm you redeemed your people,
 the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
 16When the waters saw you, O God,
 when the waters saw you, they were afraid;
 the very deep trembled.
 17The clouds poured out water;
 the skies thundered;
 your arrows flashed on every side.
 18The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
 your lightnings lit up the world;
 the earth trembled and shook.
 19Your way was through the sea,
 your path, through the mighty waters;
 yet your footprints were unseen.
 20You led your people like a flock
 by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

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 5:1, 13-23
1For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
13For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 15If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
16Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

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. 

Written Offering


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     Blessed Assurance
                   ELW 638   (v. 1,3)

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

    This is my story, this is my song,
    praising my Savior, all the day long:
    this is my story, this is my song,
    praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love.    Refrain

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.

Blessed Assurance, Text: Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915 Music: Pheobe P. Knapp, 1830-1908.  Public domain.