Table of Contents

close

The Opening

The Psalms

The Lessons

The Creed

The Prayers

The Ending

Calendar

Home

Top

close

Thursday, The Fourth Week in Lent
Evening Prayer

The Opening

Opening Sentence

Watch, for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning, lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. Mark 13:35, 36

Hymn: Now rest beneath night's shadow

Now rest beneath night's shadow
The woodland, field, and meadow,
The world in slumber lies;
But you, my heart, awake thee,
To prayer and song betake thee;
Let praise to the Creator rise.
Let praise to the Creator rise.

Lord Jesus, You do love me,
Oh, spread Your wings above me
And shield me from alarm!
Though Satan would devour me,
Let angel-guards sing o'er me:
This child of God shall meet no harm!
This child of God shall meet no harm!

Tune: Nun ruhen alle Wlder
Composer: Paul Gerhardt, 1653

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.

Invitatory Psalm

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 73 or
Coverdale
Quam bonus Israel!

1Truly, God is good to Israel, *
to those who are pure in heart.

2But as for me, my feet had nearly slipped; *
I had almost tripped and fallen;

3Because I envied the proud *
and saw the prosperity of the wicked:

4For they suffer no pain, *
and their bodies are sleek and sound;

5In the misfortunes of others they have no share; *
they are not afflicted as others are;

6Therefore they wear their pride like a necklace *
and wrap their violence about them like a cloak.

7Their iniquity comes from gross minds, *
and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts.

8They scoff and speak maliciously; *
out of their haughtiness they plan oppression.

9They set their mouths against the heavens, *
and their evil speech runs through the world.

10And so the people turn to them *
and find in them no fault.

11They say, "How should God know? *
is there knowledge in the Most High?"

12So then, these are the wicked; *
always at ease, they increase their wealth.

13In vain have I kept my heart clean, *
and washed my hands in innocence.

14I have been afflicted all day long, *
and punished every morning.

15Had I gone on speaking this way, *
I should have betrayed the generation of your children.

16When I tried to understand these things, *
it was too hard for me;

17Until I entered the sanctuary of God *
and discerned the end of the wicked.

18Surely, you set them in slippery places; *
you cast them down in ruin.

19Oh, how suddenly do they come to destruction, *
come to an end, and perish from terror!

20Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord, *
when you arise you will make their image vanish.

21When my mind became embittered, *
I was sorely wounded in my heart.

22I was stupid and had no understanding; *
I was like a brute beast in your presence.

23Yet I am always with you; *
you hold me by my right hand.

24You will guide me by your counsel, *
and afterwards receive me with glory.

25Whom have I in heaven but you? *
and having you I desire nothing upon earth.

26Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, *
God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.

27Truly, those who forsake you will perish; *
you destroy all who are unfaithful.

28But it is good for me to be near God; *
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.

29I will speak of all your works *
in the gates of the city of Zion.

Psalm 73 or
Coverdale
Quam bonus Israel!

1Truly, God is good to Israel, *
to those who are pure in heart.

2But as for me, my feet had nearly slipped; *
I had almost tripped and fallen;

3Because I envied the proud *
and saw the prosperity of the wicked:

4For they suffer no pain, *
and their bodies are sleek and sound;

5In the misfortunes of others they have no share; *
they are not afflicted as others are;

6Therefore they wear their pride like a necklace *
and wrap their violence about them like a cloak.

7Their iniquity comes from gross minds, *
and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts.

8They scoff and speak maliciously; *
out of their haughtiness they plan oppression.

9They set their mouths against the heavens, *
and their evil speech runs through the world.

10And so the people turn to them *
and find in them no fault.

11They say, "How should God know? *
is there knowledge in the Most High?"

12So then, these are the wicked; *
always at ease, they increase their wealth.

13In vain have I kept my heart clean, *
and washed my hands in innocence.

14I have been afflicted all day long, *
and punished every morning.

15Had I gone on speaking this way, *
I should have betrayed the generation of your children.

16When I tried to understand these things, *
it was too hard for me;

17Until I entered the sanctuary of God *
and discerned the end of the wicked.

18Surely, you set them in slippery places; *
you cast them down in ruin.

19Oh, how suddenly do they come to destruction, *
come to an end, and perish from terror!

20Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord, *
when you arise you will make their image vanish.

21When my mind became embittered, *
I was sorely wounded in my heart.

22I was stupid and had no understanding; *
I was like a brute beast in your presence.

23Yet I am always with you; *
you hold me by my right hand.

24You will guide me by your counsel, *
and afterwards receive me with glory.

25Whom have I in heaven but you? *
and having you I desire nothing upon earth.

26Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, *
God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.

27Truly, those who forsake you will perish; *
you destroy all who are unfaithful.

28But it is good for me to be near God; *
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge.

29I will speak of all your works *
in the gates of the city of Zion.

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

Mark 8:27-9:1

27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?"

28 And they answered him, "John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets."

29 He asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Messiah."

30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."

34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.

36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?

37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?

38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

1 And he said to them, "Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power."

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Canticle 15 The Song of Mary
Luke 1:46-55
Magnificat

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 those who fear him *
in every generation.
He has shown 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 for ever.
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

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: The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

For Mission

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The World Cycle of Prayer

We pray for the people of Georgia.

The Ecumenical Cycle of Prayer

We pray for our sisters and brothers members of the Church of God (Chattanooga)

For Protection

O God, the life of all who live, the light of the faithful, the strength of those who labor, and the repose of the dead: We thank you for the blessings of the day that is past, and humbly ask for your protection through the coming night. Bring us in safety to the morning hours; through him who died and rose again for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. 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 Local Government

Almighty God our heavenly Father, send down upon those who hold office in this State (or, Commonwealth, City, County, Town, Area) the spirit of wisdom, charity, and justice; that with steadfast purpose they may faithfully serve in their offices to promote the well-being of all people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Those Who Need Continuing Care

Look with mercy, O God our Father, on all persons who have become ill, weak, distressed, or isolated. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give them understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept help; and increase their faith and their assurance of your love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Absent

O God, whose fatherly care reaches to the uttermost parts of the earth: We humbly beseech you graciously to behold and bless whom we love, now absent from us. Defend them from all dangers of soul and body; and grant that both they and we, drawing nearer to you, may be bound together by your love in the communion of your Holy Spirit, and in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn: Savior, like shepherd, lead us

Savior, like a shepherd lead us,
much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us,
for our use Thy folds prepare.

Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

We are Thine, Thou dost befriend us,
be the guardian of our way;
Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us,
seek us when we go astray.

Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Hear, O hear us when we pray.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Hear, O hear us when we pray.

Early let us seek Thy favor,
early let us do Thy will;
Blessèd Lord and only Savior,
with Thy love our bosoms fill.

Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast loved us, love us still.

Words: Dorothy A. Thrupp

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.

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20,21

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.

return to the March calendar

return to the Home Page