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.

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, unmute to offer your petition.


HOLDEN EVENING PRAYER
Setting by Marty Haugen

SERVICE OF LIGHT


EVENING HYMN


EVENING THANKSGIVING


THE PSALM READING
Psalm 43:1-5
Said responsively:

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
    against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust
    deliver me!
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
    why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully
    because of the oppression of the enemy?

O send out your light and your truth;
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
    and to your dwelling.
 Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp,
    O God, my God.

 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise God,
    my help and my God.

Silence for Meditation


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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