• St. John's

Evening Prayer, Rite II (Thursday, August 27, 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 18: Part II Et retribuet mihi (read responsively) 21 The Lord rewarded me because of my righteous dealing; * because my hands were clean he rewarded me; 22 For I have kept the ways of the Lord *and have not offended against my God;

23 For all his judgments are before my eyes, * and his decrees I have not put away from me;

24 For I have been blameless with him *and have kept myself from iniquity;

25 Therefore the Lord rewarded me according to my righteous dealing, * because of the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

26 With the faithful you show yourself faithful, O God; * with the forthright you show yourself forthright.

27 With the pure you show yourself pure, * but with the crooked you are wily.

28 You will save a lowly people, * but you will humble the haughty eyes.

29 You, O Lord, are my lamp; * my God, you make my darkness bright.

30 With you I will break down an enclosure; * with the help of my God I will scale any wall.

31 As for God, his ways are perfect; the words of the Lord are tried in the fire; * he is a shield to all who trust in him.

32 For who is God, but the Lord? *who is the Rock, except our God? 33 It is God who girds me about with strength *and makes my way secure. 34 He makes me sure-footed like a deer *and lets me stand firm on the heights. 35 He trains my hands for battle *and my arms for bending even a bow of bronze. 36 You have given me your shield of victory; *your right hand also sustains me; your loving care makes me great. 37 You lengthen my stride beneath me, *and my ankles do not give way. 38 I pursue my enemies and overtake them; *I will not turn back till I have destroyed them. 39 I strike them down, and they cannot rise; *they fall defeated at my feet. 40 You have girded me with strength for the battle; *you have cast down my adversaries beneath me; you have put my enemies to flight. 41 I destroy those who hate me; they cry out, but there is none to help them; *they cry to the Lord, but he does not answer. 42 I beat them small like dust before the wind; *I trample them like mud in the streets. 43 You deliver me from the strife of the peoples; *you put me at the head of the nations. 44 A people I have not known shall serve me; no sooner shall they hear than they shall obey me; * strangers will cringe before me.

45 The foreign peoples will lose heart; *they shall come trembling out of their strongholds. 46 The Lord lives! Blessed is my Rock! *Exalted is the God of my salvation! 47 He is the God who gave me victory *and cast down the peoples beneath me. 48 You rescued me from the fury of my enemies; you exalted me above those who rose against me; *you saved me from my deadly foe. 49 Therefore will I extol you among the nations, O Lord, *and sing praises to your Name. 50 He multiplies the victories of his king; *he shows loving-kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants 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 First Lesson: A Reading from Job 8:1-10, 20-22 (Edwina)

8Then Bildad the Shuhite answered: 2 ‘How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a great wind? 3 Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty* pervert the right? 4 If your children sinned against him, he delivered them into the power of their transgression. 5 If you will seek God and make supplication to the Almighty,* 6 if you are pure and upright,    surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore to you your rightful place. 7 Though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great. 8 ‘For inquire now of bygone generations and consider what their ancestors have found; 9 for we are but of yesterday, and we know nothing, for our days on earth are but a shadow. 10 Will they not teach you and tell you and utter words out of their understanding?

20 ‘See, God will not reject a blameless person, nor take the hand of evildoers. 21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouts of joy. 22 Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, and the tent of the wicked will be no more.’