Evening Prayer

In the season of Lent 2018, several leaders at Freeborn Church have committed to praying the “Daily Office” of Morning Prayer (Matins) and Evening Prayer (Vespers).  Mostly we will do this on our own, though we will gather in the Old Chapel at Freeborn on Tuesdays at 4pm for Evening Prayer and Thursdays at 9am for Morning Prayer.  All are welcome to join us.

Links to texts are below. When you come to the Psalms and Readings, clicking the link will take you to the week’s readings. You can look these up in your Bible, or each day also has a link to the Bible text online.

Sung forms can be found in the Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW) pages 131-137 for Morning Prayer and pages 142-151 for Evening Prayer.  We have lots of copies of the LBW on hand if you would like to borrow one for the season. You can listen to a sung version of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. 


Evening Prayer (Vespers)

L: Jesus Christ is the Light of the world,
C: the light no darkness can overcome.
L: Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening,
C: and the day is almost over.
L: Let your light scatter the darkness,
C: and illumine your Church.

 L: Joyous light of glory:
C: of the immortal Father; heavenly, holy, blessed Jesus Christ. We have come to the setting of the sun, and we look to the evening light. We sing to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: You are worthy of being praised with pure voices forever.  O Son of God, O Giver of life: The universe proclaims your glory.

L: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: It is right to give thanks and praise.
L: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe, who led your people Israel by a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night. Enlighten our darkness by the light of your Christ; may his Word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for you are merciful and you love your whole creation, and we, your creatures, glorify you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. 

C: Let my prayer rise before you as incense; the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. O Lord, I call to you, come to me quickly; hear my voice when I cry to you. Let my prayer rise before you as incense; the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch before my mouth, O Lord, and guard the door of my lips. Let not my heart incline to any evil thing; let me not be occupied in wickedness with evil doers. But my eyes are turned to you, Lord God; in you I take refuge. Strip me not of my life. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Let my prayer rise before you as incense; the lifting up of my hands, as the evening sacrifice.

Silence for meditation

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

Psalms
Hymn
Lesson—Gospel
Silence for meditation

L: In many and various ways God spoke to his people of old by the prophets,
C: But now in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son. 

C: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed. The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. He has mercy on all who fear him in every generation. He has showed the strength of his arm; he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel, for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
 
L: In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
L: For the peace from above, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
L: 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.
C: Lord, have mercy.
L: For this holy house, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
L: For Elizabeth and Kirby our bishops, for Erik our pastor in Christ, for all servants of the Church, and for all the people, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
L: For our public servant, for the government and those who protect us, that they may be upheld and strengthened in every good deed, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
L: For those who work to bring peace, justice, health, and protection in this and every place, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
L: For those who bring offerings, those who do good works in this congregation, those who toil, those who sing, and all the people here present who await from the Lord great and abundant mercy, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
L: For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
L: For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and need, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
L: For the faithful who have gone before us and are at rest, let us pray to the Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.
L: Help, save, comfort, and defend us gracious God.

Silence for meditation

L: Rejoicing in the fellowship of all the saints, let us commend ourselves, one another, and our whole lives to Christ, our Lord.
C: To you, O lord.

L: O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good councils, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, the peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever.
C: Amen.
 
L: Lord, remember us in your kingdom, 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.  

L: Let us bless the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

L: The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve us.
C: Amen.