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Evening Prayer, Rite II (Thursday, August 13, 2020)

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I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me, night after night. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not fall.    Psalm 16:7,8


Confession of Sin Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbour.

Silence may be kept.


Leader and People (together): 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 neighbours 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.

Leader: 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.

The Invitatory and Psalter

Leader: O God, make speed to save us.

People: 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 (together)

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.

Today’s Appointed Psalm and Lessons

Psalm 105: Part II Et intravit Israel (read responsively) 23 Israel came into Egypt, * and Jacob became a sojourner in the land of Ham.

24 The Lord made his people exceedingly fruitful; *he made them stronger than their enemies; 25 Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people, *and dealt unjustly with his servants. 26 He sent Moses his servant, *and Aaron whom he had chosen. 27 They worked his signs among them, *and portents in the land of Ham. 28 He sent darkness, and it grew dark; *but the Egyptians rebelled against his words. 29 He turned their waters into blood *and caused their fish to die. 30 Their land was overrun by frogs, *in the very chambers of their kings. 31 He spoke, and there came swarms of insects *and gnats within all their borders.

32 He gave them hailstones instead of rain, *and flames of fire throughout their land. 33 He blasted their vines and their fig trees *and shattered every tree in their country. 34 He spoke, and the locust came, *and young locusts without number, 35 Which ate up all the green plants in their land *and devoured the fruit of their soil. 36 He struck down the firstborn of their land, *the first fruits of all their strength. 37 He led out his people with silver and gold; *in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.

38 Egypt was glad of their going, *because they were afraid of them. 39 He spread out a cloud for a covering *and a fire to give light in the night season. 40 They asked, and quails appeared, *and he satisfied them with bread from heaven. 41 He opened the rock, and water flowed, *so the river ran in the dry places. 42 For God remembered his holy word *and Abraham his servant. 43 So he led forth his people with gladness, *his chosen with shouts of joy. 44 He gave his people the lands of the nations, *and they took the fruit of others' toil, 45 That they might keep his statutes *and observe his laws.Hallelujah!

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 First Lesson: A Reading from Judges 14:1-19 (Rick)

14Once Samson went down to Timnah, and at Timnah he saw a Philistine woman. 2Then he came up, and told his father and mother, ‘I saw a Philistine woman at Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.’ 3But his father and mother said to him, ‘Is there not a woman among your kin, or among all our* people, that you must go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?’ But Samson said to his father, ‘Get her for me, because she pleases me.’ 4His father and mother did not know that this was from the Lord; for he was seeking a pretext to act against the Philistines. At that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

5 Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah. When he came to the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion roared at him. 6The spirit of the Lord rushed on him, and he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as one might tear apart a kid. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. 7Then he went down and talked with the woman, and she pleased Samson. 8After a while he returned to marry her, and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey. 9He scraped it out into his hands, and went on, eating as he went. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them, and they ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the carcass of the lion.

10 His father went down to the woman, and Samson made a feast there as the young men were accustomed to do. 11When the people saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him. 12Samson said to them, ‘Let me now put a riddle to you. If you can explain it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty festal garments. 13But if you cannot explain it to me, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty festal garments.’ So they said to him, ‘Ask your riddle; let us hear it.’ 14He said to them, ‘Out of the eater came something to eat. Out of the strong came something sweet. ’ But for three days they could not explain the riddle.

15 On the fourth* day they said to Samson’s wife, ‘Coax your husband to explain the riddle to us, or we will burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us here to impoverish us?’ 16So Samson’s wife wept before him, saying, ‘You hate me; you do not really love me. You have asked a riddle of my people, but you have not explained it to me.’ He said to her, ‘Look, I have not told my father or my mother. Why should I tell you?’ 17She wept before him for the seven days that their feast lasted; and because she nagged him, on the seventh day he told her. Then she explained the riddle to her people. 18The men of the town said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, ‘What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?’ And he said to them, ‘If you had not ploughed with my heifer, you would not have found out my riddle.’ 19Then the spirit of the Lord rushed on him, and he went down to Ashkelon. He