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The Psalms

The Lessons

The Commemoration

The Creed

The Prayers

The Ending

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Monday in the Third Week of Advent
Evening Prayer

The Opening

Opening Sentence

If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night," darkness is not dark to you, O Lord; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to you are both alike. Psalm 139:10, 11

Hymn: How long, dear Savior, Oh how long

How long, dear Savior, Oh how long
Shall this bright hour delay?
Fly swift around, ye wheels of time,
And bring the promised day.

From the third heav'n, where God resides,
That holy, happy place,
The new Jerusalem comes down,
Adorned with shining grace.

The God of glory down to men
Removes His blest abode;
Men, the dear object of His grace,
And He the loving God.

Men, the dear object of His grace,
And He the loving God.

Words: Early American Fuguing Tunes
edited by William W. Reynolds

Confession

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins
through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all
goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in
eternal life. Amen.

Versicle and Response

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

O Gracious Light Phos hilaron

O gracious Light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.

The Psalms

Psalm 44
or Coverdale

1We have heard with our ears, O God,
our forefathers have told us,*
the deeds you did in their days,
in the days of old.
2How with your hand you drove the peoples out
and planted our forefathers in the land;*
how you destroyed nations and made your people flourish.
3For they did not take the land by their sword,
nor did their arm win the victory for them;*
but your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance,
because you favored them.
4You are my King and my God;*
you command victories for Jacob.
5Through you we pushed back our adversaries; *
through your Name we trampled on those who rose up against us.
6For I do not rely on my bow,*
and my sword does not give me the victory.
7Surely, you gave us victory over our adversaries *
and put those who hate us to shame.
8Every day we gloried in God,*
and we will praise your Name for ever.
9Nevertheless, you have rejected and humbled us *
and do not go forth with our armies.
10You have made us fall back before our adversary, *
and our enemies have plundered us.
11You have made us like sheep to be eaten *
and have scattered us among the nations.
12You are selling your people for a trifle *
and are making no profit on the sale of them.
13You have made us the scorn of our neighbors, *
a mockery and derision to those around us.
14You have made us a byword among the nations, *
a laughing-stock among the peoples.
15My humiliation is daily before me,*
and shame has covered my face;
16Because of the taunts of the mockers and blasphemers,*
because of the enemy and avenger.
17All this has come upon us;*
yet we have not forgotten you,
nor have we betrayed your covenant.
18Our heart never turned back,*
nor did our footsteps stray from your path;
19Though you thrust us down into a place of misery,*
and covered us over with deep darkness.
20If we have forgotten the Name of our God, *
or stretched out our hands to some strange god,
21Will not God find it out? *
for he knows the secrets of the heart.
22Indeed, for your sake we are killed all the day long;*
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
23Awake, O Lord! why are you sleeping? *
Arise! do not reject us for ever.
24Why have you hidden your face *
and forgotten our affliction and oppression?
25We sink down into the dust;*
our body cleaves to the ground.
26Rise up, and help us,*
and save us, for the sake of your steadfast love.

Gloria Patri

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen. Amen.

The Lessons

The Gospel

Luke 22:39-53

39 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him.40When he reached the place, he said to them, 'Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.41Then he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and prayed.42'Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.43Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength.44In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.45When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief.46and he said to them, 'Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.'

47 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him.48but Jesus said to him, 'Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?.49When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, 'Lord, should we strike with the sword?.50Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.51But Jesus said, 'No more of this!' And he touched his ear and healed him.52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, 'Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit?.53When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!'

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Song of Simeon Nunc dimittis
Luke 2:29-32

Lord, you now have set your servant free*
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior,*
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations,*
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

The Creed

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

The Lord's Prayer

or traditional

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 for ever. Amen.

Suffrages

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may depart this life in your faith and fear,
and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.
That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit in
the communion of all your saints,
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,
We entreat you, O Lord.

Collect of the Day: The Third Sunday of Advent

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

For Mission

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

World Cycle of Prayer

We pray for the people of Slovenia.

Ecumenical Cycle of Prayer

We pray for our sisters and brothers members of the Landmark Baptist Church.

A Collect for Peace

Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.

Hymn: To my humble supplication

To my humble supplication
Lord, give ear and acceptation
Save thy servant, that hath none
Help nor hope but Thee alone. Amen.

Prayers and Intercessions

Let us pray now for our own needs and those of others.

Birthdays
Anniversaries
For Recovery from Sickness
For Travelers
For a Person in Trouble or Bereavement
For Those to be Baptized
For the Departed
Full list of prayers

For the Right Use of God's Gifts

Almighty God, whose loving hand has given us all that we possess: Grant us grace that we may honor you with our substance, and, remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Knowledge of God's Creation

Almighty and everlasting God, you made the universe with all its marvelous order, its atoms, worlds, and galaxies, and the infinite complexity of living creatures: Grant that, as we probe the mysteries of your creation, we may come to know you more truly, and more surely fulfill our role in your eternal purpose; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Care of Children

Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hymn: A voice says cry out

A voice says cry out
All men are like grass
And their time of glory
Soon shall pass
But the word of God
It will never die
Surely it will stand
For eternity

every ditch and valley shall be raised up
every hill and mountain be made low
every rugged place will be made flat
everybody shall see the glory of the LORD

you who bring good news
raise your voice and shout
do not be afraid
to speak the name of God
the hard days are gone
the debt has been paid
and the time has come
to walk the righteous way

every ditch and valley shall be raised up
every hill and mountain be made low
every rugged place will be made flat
everybody shall see the glory of the LORD

Singers: Ordinary Time
Words: Peter La Grand

A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

The General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

The Ending

Benediction

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14

Hymn: God Be With You

God be with you till we meet again;
By his counsels guide, uphold you;
With his sheep securely fold you.
God be with you till we meet again.
Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus' feet,
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

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