Mid-Week Holden Evening Prayer
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
24 E. Baltimore Street • Funkstown, MD 21734 • (301) 791-1738
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Holden Evening Prayer follows the traditional form of Lutheran vespers, welcoming Christ through music and words to illuminate our darkness and reasure our concern. If there's anything you'd like to know about the ministry of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, please conisder filling out a Connection Card. May the peace of the risen Christ be with you always!
Leader: Jesus Christ, you are the light of the world;
All: the light no darkness can overcome;
Leader: Stay with us now, for it is evening,
All: and the day is almost over.
Leader: Let your light scatter the darkness,
All: and shine withing oyur people here.
Joyous light of heav'nly glory, loving
glow of God's own face, you who sing creation's
story, shine on ev'ry land and race. Now as
evening falls around us, we shall raise our songs to
you, God of daybreak God of shadows, come and
light our hearts anew.
In the stars that grace the darkness, in the
blazing sun of dawn, in the light of peace and
wisdom, we can hear your quiet song. Love that
fills the night with wonder, love that warms the weary
soul, Love that bursts all chains asunder, set us
free and make us whole.
You who made the heaven;s splendor, ev'ry
dancing star of night, make us shine with gentle
justice, let us each reflect your light. Mighty
God of all creation, gentle Christ who lights our
way, Loving Spirit of salvation, lead us on to endless day.
Leader: May God be with you all,
All: and also with you;
Leader: Let us sing our thanks to God,
All: It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Leader: Blessed are you, Creator of the universe--from old you have led your people by nigh and day. May the light of your Christ make our darkness bright, for your Word and your presence are the light of our pathwats, and you are the light and life of all creation.
Let my prayer rise up like incence before you,
the lifting up of my hands as an offering to you.
O God, I call to you, come to me now;
O hear my voice when I cry to you.
Let my prayer rise up like incense before you,
the lifting up of my hands as an offering to you.
Keep watch within me, God;
deep in my heart may the light of your love be
Let my prayer rise uplike incense before you, the lifting
up of my hands as an offering to you.
All praise to the God of all Creator of life;
all praise be to Christ and the Spirit of love.
Let my prayer rise up like incense before you, the
lifting of my hands as an offering to you.
(Silence for meditiation)
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 readings are from "Moments with the Savior" by Ken Gire with permission of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.
Leader: An angel went from God to a town called Nazareth to a woman whose name was Mary. The angel said to her, "Rejoice, O highly favored, for God is with you. You shall bear a child, and his name shall be Jesus, the Chosen One of God Most High." And Mary said, "I am the servant of my God, I live to do your will."
My soul proclaims your greatness. O God,
and my spirit rejoices in you, You have looked
with loive on your servant here and blessed me all my life through.
Great and mighty are you, O Holy one, strong is your kindness evermore.
How you favor the weak and lowly one, humbling the proud of heart.
You have cast the mighty down from their thrones,
and uplifted the humble of heart, You have filled the hungry with
wondrous things, and left the wealthy no part.
Great and mighty are you, O Faithful One,
strong is your justice strong your love,
As you promised to Sarah and Abraham,
kindness forever more.
My soul proclaims your greatness, O God, and my spirit
rejoices in you, You have looked with love on your servant here,
and blessed me all my life through.
All: God of mercy, hold us in love. (Repeat after every petition)
- In peace, in peace we pray to you:
- For peace and salvation, we pray to you:
- For preace betweenm nations, for peace between people:
- For us who are gathered to worship and praise you:
- For all of your servants who live out your gospel:
- For all those who govern, that justice might guide them:
- For all those who labor in service to others:
- Grant weather that nourishes all of creation:
- Keep watch on our loved ones and keep us from danger:
- For all the beloved who rest in your mercy:
Leader: Help us, comfort us, all of our days:
All: Keep us, hold us, gracious God.
Leader: Great and merciful God, Source and Ground of all goodness and life, give to your people the peace that passes all understanding, and the will to live your Gospel of mercy and justice, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Leader: God, remember us in your love, and teach us to pray:
All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
Blessing and Sending
Leader: Let us bless our God:
All: praise and thanks you you.
Leader: May God, Creator bless us and keep us, may Christ be ever light for our lives, may the Spirit of Love be our guide and path, for all of our days.