Evening Prayer, Rite II (Thursday, October 15, 2020)
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Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2
Confession of Sin Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbour.
Silence may be kept.
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. 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
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 (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 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.
The First Lesson: A Reading from the book of Jonah 3:1-10, 4:1-11 (Elyne)
3The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2‘Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.’ 3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, ‘Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ 5And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
6 When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7Then he had a proclamation made in Nineveh: ‘By the decree of the king and his nobles: No human being or animal, no herd or flock, shall taste anything. They shall not feed, nor shall they drink water. 8Human beings and animals shall be covered with sackcloth, and they shall cry mightily to God. All shall turn from their evil ways and from the violence that is in their hands. 9Who knows? God may relent and change his mind; he may turn from his fierce anger, so that we do not perish.’
10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
4But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 2He prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. 3And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.’ 4And the Lord said, ‘Is it right for you to be angry?’ 5Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.
6 The Lord God appointed a bush,* and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. 8When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, ‘It is better for me to die than to live.’
9 But God said to Jonah, ‘Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?’ And h