ELCA VESPERS LITURGY

Tuesday Evening Prayer

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INTRODUCTION

“Vesper” comes from the Greek word that means evening. Even before the 4th century there is evidence that the early Christians gathered at sunset to pray. Monastics, particularly the Benedictines, maintained this practice, even while it was largely left behind by the Holy Roman Empire. At the time of the Reformation, Martin Luther and the other reformers restored the practice of stopping to pray together in the evening. The ancient monastic pattern of psalm (word) and prayer invites all worshipers into active and imaginative participation. Vespers also present opportunities for individual use or household prayer. (Adapted from Keeping Time, a supplementary resource to the ELW hymnal, p. 147)

Candles are a visible sign of our prayers. Feel free to light a candle during the worship time or before the service. All candles may be extinguished after worship is concluded, signifying that our loving God has heard our prayers.

Zoom Viewing Procedure: When the leaders are speaking or singing, everyone else should please be muted as you participate in word or song. At the time when personal intercessory prayers are invited, un-mute to offer your petition.

EVENING PRAYER
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

P=Pastor, L=Leader, C=Congregation


SERVICE OF LIGHT
Led by Pastor Arnold



RESPONSIVE READING

P] God is our light and our salvation,
C] our refuge and our stronghold.
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
we shall praise your name, O God.
For with you is the fountain of life,
and in your light, we see light.
Your light shines in darkness,
and the darkness cannot overcome it.


PSALMODY
Psalm 141

Silence for meditation


THE PSALM READING
Psalm 16:1-11
Said responsively:

1 Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”

3 As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
in whom is all my delight.

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names upon my lips.

5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
I have a goodly heritage.

7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I keep the Lord always before me;
because God is at my best hand, I shall not be moved.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.
10 For you do not give me up to Sheol,
or let your faithful one see the Pit.

11 You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your best hand are pleasures forevermore.

Silence for meditation


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Led by Pastor Arnold and closing with:

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 follow you in courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen


RESPONSE


LITANY
The congregation’s sung response after each petition
is, ”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 all those now gathered who offer 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 (name/s and) all servants of the church, and for all people who await from the Lord great and abundant mercy, let us pray | to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Other petitions may be added.

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

Silence for meditation

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.


CLOSING PRAYER
Led by Pastor Arnold

Let the incense of our repentant prayer ascend before you, O Lord, and let your loving kindness descend upon us, that with purified minds we may sing your praises with the Church on earth and the whole heavenly host, and glorify you for ever and ever.

Amen.


LORD’S PRAYER

P] Lord, remember us in your eternal realm and teach us to pray:

C] 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.


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