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Evening Prayer -- New Year's Eve
Pam Smith
Pam Smith
Thursday, December 31, 2020

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

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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.

Holy and gracious God,
I confess that I have sinned against you this day.
Some of my sin I know – the thoughts and words and deeds of which I am ashamed – but some is known only to you. In the name of Jesus Christ I ask forgiveness. Deliver and restore me, that I may rest in peace.
By the mercy of God we are united with Jesus Christ, in whom we are forgiven. We rest now in the peace of Christ and rise in the morning to serve.

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 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. Almighty God, You search our hearts and you see every part of us. All our desires are known to you, and from you no secrets are hidden. As we come to the ending of this year and look forward to the next, we ask that by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, you may cleanse our hearts so we may perfectly love you and glorify your holy name. We pray this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
 2a time to be born, and a time to die;
 a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
 3a time to kill, and a time to heal;
 a time to break down, and a time to build up;
 4a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
 a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
 5a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
 a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
 6a time to seek, and a time to lose;
 a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
 7a time to tear, and a time to sew;
 a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
 8a time to love, and a time to hate;
 a time for war, and a time for peace.

Psalm 121  (together)

 1I lift up my eyes to the hills —
 from where will my help come?
 2My help comes from the LORD,
 who made heaven and earth.
 3He will not let your foot be moved;
 he who keeps you will not slumber.
 4He who keeps Israel
 will neither slumber nor sleep.
 5The LORD is your keeper;
 the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
 6The sun shall not strike you by day,
 nor the moon by night.
 7The LORD will keep you from all evil;
 he will keep your life.
 8The LORD will keep
 your going out and your coming in
 from this time on and forevermore.

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

John 15:1-9

1I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. 9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.


     Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.
     Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness.


GOSPEL CANTICLE   (together)  

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for you, Lord, have looked with favor on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me bless’d:
you, the Almighty, have done great things for me
and holy is your name.  
You have mercy on those who fear you,
from generation to generation.          
You have shown strength with your arm
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.        
You have filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.        
You have come to the aid of your servant Israel,
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

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
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. Amen.


Let us pray.  

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 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.

A brief silence for additional petitions.

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, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.


Spiritual communion is a rite and prayer that has been used over the centuries in the church when it is not possible to be present with one’s church family to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and receive Christ’s body and blood. We take these few moments to join together in prayer across the miles.

Please join your hearts with mine as we pray:
Blessed Jesus, in union, with the faithful gathered at every altar of your Church where your blessed Body and Blood both today and over the years, I long to offer you praise and thanksgiving, for creation and all the blessings of this life, for the redemption won for us by your life, death, and resurrection, for the means of grace and the hope of glory.
I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament, and, since I cannot at this time receive communion, I pray you to come into my heart. I unite myself with you and embrace you with all my heart, my soul, and my mind. Let nothing separate me from you; let me serve you in this life until, by your grace, I come to your glorious kingdom and unending peace. Amen.


Life is short, and we do not have much time
to gladden the hearts of those
who make this earthly pilgrimage with us.
So, be swift to love,
Make haste to do kindness,
Shower abundant hospitality
on friend and stranger,
Walk in justice,
that you may follow the path of mercy and love.

And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit
is with you and will remain with you forever.