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Evening Prayer
Pam Smith
Pam Smith
Thursday, February 11, 2021

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      Beautiful Savior       ELW 838

Beautiful Savior,
King of creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I'd love thee,
truly I'd serve thee,
light of my soul, my joy, my crown.

Fair are the meadows,
fair are the woodlands,
robed in flow'rs of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer,
he makes our sorrowing spirit sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
fair is the moonlight,
bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer
than all the angels in the sky.

Beautiful Savior,
Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine!

     Christ Be Our Light   (vs. 1, 2, & 5      ELW 715

Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to you.
Make us your own, your holy people,
light for the world to see.

Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your church gathered today.

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your word alone has pow'r to save us.
Make us your living voice.  Refrain

Many the gifts, many the people,
many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
signs of your kingdom come.  Refrain



The glory of God shines
like a consuming fire.
We have seen the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ.
The voice of God thunders
like a mighty storm.
Out of the cloud, God speaks:
This is my beloved Son; listen to him!


God alone is righteous; God alone is perfect;
God alone is judge. Yet this holy, righteous God
comes to us in love, to save us.
Rejoicing in God's grace, let us confess our sin.

God of all glory, beauty and grace, we have tried to hide from you --
to hide our faces, to hide our sin -- yet you have never hidden your love for us.
We have tried to search for you -- in temples, in clouds, on mountaintops --
yet you have already revealed yourself to us in the face of Jesus Christ.
Forgive us, and transform us so that our lives may shine with your glory, beauty,
and grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our God comes and does not keep silence; God speaks to us with grace and love,
saying: You are my beloved child.

This is the good news of the gospel: In +Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

Let us pray.
Almighty God, the resplendent light of your truth shines from the mountaintop into our hearts. Transfigure us by your beloved Son, and illumine the world with your image, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Psalm 121
 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 beginning is now and ever
shall be. Amen.

Psalm 50
 1The mighty one, God the LORD,
 speaks and summons the earth
 from the rising of the sun to its setting.
 2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
 God shines forth.
 3Our God comes and does not keep silence,
 before him is a devouring fire,
 and a mighty tempest all around him.
 4He calls to the heavens above
 and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
 5"Gather to me my faithful ones,
 who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!"
 6The heavens declare his righteousness,
 for God himself is judge.
 7"Hear, O my people, and I will speak,
 O Israel, I will testify against you.
 I am God, your God.
 8Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
 your burnt offerings are continually before me.
 9I will not accept a bull from your house,
 or goats from your folds.
 10For every wild animal of the forest is mine,
 the cattle on a thousand hills.
 11I know all the birds of the air,
 and all that moves in the field is mine.
 12"If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
 for the world and all that is in it is mine.
 13Do I eat the flesh of bulls,
 or drink the blood of goats?
 14Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
 and pay your vows to the Most High.
 15Call on me in the day of trouble;
 I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me."
 16But to the wicked God says:
 "What right have you to recite my statutes,
 or take my covenant on your lips?
 17For you hate discipline,
 and you cast my words behind you.
 18You make friends with a thief when you see one,
 and you keep company with adulterers.
 19"You give your mouth free rein for evil,
 and your tongue frames deceit.
 20You sit and speak against your kin;
 you slander your own mother's child.
 21These things you have done and I have been silent;
 you thought that I was one just like yourself.
 But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.
 22"Mark this, then, you who forget God,
 or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver.
 23Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me;
 to those who go the right way
 I will show the salvation of God."

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.

2 Corinthians 4:3-6
3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake. 6For it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.



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.


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,
to remember the promise of mercy, the promise made
to our forebears, to Abraham and his children forever.
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 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. Amen.


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 harvest 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, particularly Alena, Jenna, Marilyn, Jerod & Julia, Nick, Julie, Jean, Marcella, Michael, Anne, JoAnn, Sandy, Beth, Johnny, Lorry & Allen, Betty, Dione, Theresa, Dottie, Tim, Henry, Mary, Greg, Ann Joyce, Barbara, & Shelby, that 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.

We give thanks to you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have graciously protected us today. We ask you to forgive us all our sins, where we have done wrong, and graciously to protect us tonight. Into your hands we commend ourselves: our bodies, our souls, and all that is ours. Let your holy angels be with us, so that the wicked foe may have no power over us.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those
         who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
    and the power, and the glory,
    forever and ever. Amen.


May the blessing of God, who is Father, + Son and Holy Spirit be upon you beloved of the Lord, now and forever. Amen.


     In Thee Is Gladness      ELW  867

In thee is gladness amid all sadness,
Jesus, sunshine of my heart.
By thee are given the gifts of heaven,
thou the true redeemer art.
Our souls thou wakest; our bonds thou breakest.
Who trusts thee surely has built securely
and stands forever: Alleluia!
Our hearts are pining to see thy shining,
dying or living, to thee are cleaving;
naught can us sever: Alleluia!

Jesus is ours! We fear no powers,
not of earth or sin or death.
He sees and blesses in worst distresses;
he can change them with a breath.
Wherefore the story tell of his glory
with heart and voices; all heav'n rejoices
in him forever: Alleluia!
We shout for gladness, triumph o'er sadness,
love him and praise him and still shall raise him
glad hymns forever: Alleluia!


Portions of this liturgy are from “Feasting on the Word, Liturgies for Year B,” 2014, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274. All rights reserved.

Beautiful Savior  Text: Gesangbuch, Münster, 1677; tr. Joseph A. Seiss (1823-1904) Music: Silesian folk tune, 19th cent.  Public domain. 

Christ Be Our Light  Text and Music: Bernadette Farrell, (b. 1957) Text and Music © 1993 Bernadette Farrell. Published by OCP Publications. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274. All rights reserved.

In Thee Is Gladness  Text: Johann Lindemann (1549-1631); tr. Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878), alt.  Music: Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi (1556-1622).  Public domain.