Tuesday Evening Prayer
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“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
THE PSALM READING
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory of God’s name;
worship the Lord in holy splendor.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
God makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Sirion1 like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh2.
The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
and strips the forest bare;
and in God’s temple all say, “Glory!”
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as sovereign forever.
May the Lord give strength to us!
May the Lord bless us with peace!
1 Another name for Mount Hermon in southern Lebanon. 2 Kadesh is on the southern border of Judah.
Silence for Meditation
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.
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.
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.
Led by Pastor Arnold
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
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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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