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The Psalms

The Lessons

The Creed

The Prayers

The Ending

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Saturday
Evening Prayer
Saturday after Christmas

The Opening

Opening Sentence

Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter. Psalm 74:15,16

Hymn: Sheep fast asleep

Sheep fast asleep,
there on a hill,
grass for a bed;
all is still.
Cold winter night, the frost appears;
shepherds keep watch by their fire.

Soft there a sound,
far, far away;
is it the steam?
winds at play?
Nay, friend, it is the heavenly choir,
singing throughout the spheres.

Star in the sky
shining; so bright!
Silent and pure,
wondrous light!
What tiding brings it Israel?
Can we new hope in it find?

Good news it brings!
"Fear not, I pray!
"Born is God's Child,
"born today!
"God's gift of love to all the earth,
"Our Lord, Emmanuel."

Glory to God!
Praise him on high!
Sing ye Noel!
Day is nigh!
All you who dwell on earth below
Peace be to you, and good will

Come, let us go
to Bethlehem
Follow the star,
seeking him
Let us adore and worship still
In love and joy to grow

Singers: First Presbyterian Church Choir | Words: Genzo Miwa, trans. John Moss | Music: Chugoro Torii

Confession

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

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.

Phos hilaron (O Gracious Light)

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 23
or Coverdale

1The LORD is my shepherd;*
I shall not be in want.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures *
and leads me beside still waters.
3He revives my soul *
and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil;*
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;*
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my cup is running over.
6Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,*
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 27
or Coverdale

1The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom then shall I fear? *
the LORD is the strength of my life;
of whom then shall I be afraid?
2When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh,*
it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who stumbled and fell.
3Though an army should encamp against me,*
yet my heart shall not be afraid;
4And though war should rise up against me,*
yet will I put my trust in him.
5One thing have I asked of the LORD;
one thing I seek;*
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life;
6To behold the fair beauty of the LORD *
and to seek him in his temple.
7For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter;*
he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling
and set me high upon a rock.
8Even now he lifts up my head *
above my enemies round about me.
9Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation
with sounds of great gladness;*
I will sing and make music to the LORD.
10Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call;*
have mercy on me and answer me.
11You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." *
Your face, LORD, will I seek.
12Hide not your face from me,*
nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13You have been my helper;
cast me not away;*
do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
14Though my father and my mother forsake me,*
the LORD will sustain me.
15Show me your way, O LORD;*
lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries,*
for false witnesses have risen up against me,
and also those who speak malice.
17What if I had not believed
that I should see the goodness of the LORD *
in the land of the living!
18O tarry and await the LORD'S pleasure;
be strong, and he shall comfort your heart;*
wait patiently for the LORD. out of all his troubles.

Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen. Amen.

The Lesson

The Gospel

John 7:53-8:11

53Then each of them went home, 81while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 4they said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’ 6They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ 8And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ 11She said, ‘No one, sir.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.’]]

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Canticle 17 The Song of Simeon
Luke 2:29-32 Nunc Dimittis

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 Apostle's 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

music: video | choir

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

Show us your mercy, O Lord;

And grant us your salvation.

Clothe your ministers with righteousness;

Let your people sing with joy.

Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;

For only in you can we live in safety.

Lord, keep this nation under your care;

And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

Let your way be known upon earth;

Your saving health among all nations.

Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;

Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Create in us clean hearts, O God;

And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

Collect of the Day: Christmas

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

For Mission

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

World Cycle of Prayer

We pray for the people of Tajikistan.

Ecumenical Cycle of Prayer

We pray for our sisters and brothers members of the China Christian Council.

A Collect for Saturdays

O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending day upon us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship on the morrow give you glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 Sound Government

O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth.

Lord, keep this nation under your care.

To all who have executive authority and to all who have administrative authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties.

Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To those who make our laws give courage, wisdom, and foresight to provide for the needs of all our people, and to fulfill our obligations in the community of nations.

Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To the Judges and officers of our Courts give understanding and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and justice served.

Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society; that we may serve you faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name.

For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Amen.

For Schools and Colleges

O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities, that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Harvest of Lands and Waters

O gracious Father, who open your hand and fills all living things: Bless the lands and waters, and multiply the harvests of the world; let your Spirit go forth, that it may renew the face of the earth; show your loving-kindness, that our land may give her increase; and save us from selfish use of what thou give , that men and women everywhere may give you thanks; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn: While shepherds watched their flocks by night

While shepherds watched their flocks by night
all seated on the ground;
The angel of the Lord came down
and glory shone around

Singing, "Glory, glory
"Glory, glory, glory,
"Glory be to great Emmanuel."

"Fear not," said he (for mighty dread
had seized their troubled mind)
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
"to you, and all mankind."

Singing, "Glory, glory
"Glory, glory, glory,
"Glory be to great Emmanuel."

"To you in David's town this day
"is born of David's line
"the Saviour which is Christ the Lord
"and this shall be the sign."

Singing, "Glory, glory
"Glory, glory, glory,
"Glory be to great Emmanuel."

"The heavenly babe you there shall find
"to human view displayed,
"all meanly wrapt in wathing-bands
"and in a manger laid."

Singing, "Glory, glory
"Glory, glory, glory,
"Glory be to great Emmanuel."

Thus spake the Seraph, and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God on high,
Who thus addressed their song

Singing, "Glory, glory
"Glory, glory, glory,
"Glory be to great Emmanuel."

All glory be to God on high,
And to the Earth be peace;
Good will henceforth, from heaven to men
Begin, and never cease.

Singing, "Glory, glory
"Glory, glory, glory,
"Glory be to great Emmanuel."

Singers: oldcremona and friends
Words: Nahum Tate
Music: B.S. Barclay, 1843
Sheet music is available at the Library of Congress website: http://www.loc.gov/resource/sm1843.390300.0/?sp=3

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.

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.

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13

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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