HOLDEN 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.

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HOLDEN EVENING PRAYER
Setting by Marty Haugen

SERVICE OF LIGHT


EVENING HYMN


EVENING THANKSGIVING


THE PSALM READING
Psalm 22:1-11, 19-31
Said responsively:

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.
3 Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 In you our ancestors trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.

5 To you they cried, and were saved;
in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.
6 But I am a worm, and not human;
scorned by others, and despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock at me;
they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;

9 Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
10 On you I was cast from my birth,
and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
11 Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
O my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
my life from the power of the dog!

21 Save me from the mouth of the lion!
From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.
22 I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the Lord, praise God!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify God;
stand in awe of God, all you offspring of Israel!

24 For God did not despise or abhor
the affliction of the afflicted;
God’s face was not hidden from me,
but God heard my cry.

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who fear you.
26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek God shall praise the Lord.
May your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before God.

28 For dominion belongs to the Lord,
and God rules over the nations.
29 To God, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
before God shall bow all who go down to the dust,
and I shall live for the Lord.

30 Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord,
31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
saying that God has done it.


PSALMODY
Congregation will sing in unison with leader.


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

Leader: May our prayers come before you, O God, as incense, and may your presence surround and fill us, so that in union with all creation, we might sing your praise and your love in our lives.

All: Amen.


LITANY & PRAYERS
Leader parts sung by Pastor Arnold
Congregation sings responses: “God of mercy, hold us in love.”


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE ~ led by Pastor, including intercessions from the people.


LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.  Amen.


FINAL BLESSING
Led by Pastor Arnold


DISMISSAL

P] People of God, God’s light shines in darkness.

C] And the darkness cannot overcome it.

P] Go in peace, in the name of the Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. Let the saints say

C] Amen.

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Holden Evening Prayer  Text and music by Marty Haugen, b. 1950. Copyright © 1990 by G.I.A. Publications, Inc. 7404 So. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638  International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted under license from ONE LICENSE, License #A-729528


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