• St. John's

Evening Prayer, Rite II (Thursday, September 17, 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 74 Ut quid, Deus? (responsively) 1 O God, why have you utterly cast us off? * why is your wrath so hot against the sheep of your pasture? 2 Remember your congregation that you purchased long ago, * the tribe you redeemed to be your inheritance, and Mount Zion where you dwell. 3 Turn your steps toward the endless ruins; * the enemy has laid waste everything in your sanctuary. 4 Your adversaries roared in your holy place; * they set up their banners as tokens of victory. 5 They were like men coming up with axes to a grove of trees; * they broke down all your carved work with hatchets and hammers. 6 They set fire to your holy place; * they defiled the dwelling-place of your Name and razed it to the ground. 7 They said to themselves, "Let us destroy them altogether." * They burned down all the meeting-places of God in the land.


8 There are no signs for us to see; there is no prophet left; * there is not one among us who knows how long. 9 How long, O God, will the adversary scoff? * will the enemy blaspheme your Name for ever? 10 Why do you draw back your hand? * why is your right hand hidden in your bosom? 11 Yet God is my King from ancient times, * victorious in the midst of the earth. 12 You divided the sea by your might * and shattered the heads of the dragons upon the waters; 13 You crushed the heads of Leviathan * and gave him to the people of the desert for food. 14 You split open spring and torrent; * you dried up ever-flowing rivers. 15 Yours is the day, yours also the night; * you established the moon and the sun. 16 You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; * you made both summer and winter. 17 Remember, O Lord, how the enemy scoffed, * how a foolish people despised your Name. 18 Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; * never forget the lives of your poor. 19 Look upon your covenant; * the dark places of the earth are haunts of violence. 20 Let not the oppressed turn away ashamed; * let the poor and needy praise your Name. 21 Arise, O God, maintain your cause; * remember how fools revile you all day long.


22 Forget not the clamor of your adversaries, * the unending tumult of those who rise up against you.


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 Book of Job 28:1-28 (ELYNE)

28‘Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold to be refined. 2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and copper is smelted from ore. 3 Miners put* an end to darkness, and search out to the farthest bound the ore in gloom and deep darkness. 4 They open shafts in a valley away from human habitation; they are forgotten by travellers, they sway suspended, remote from people. 5 As for the earth, out of it comes bread; but underneath it is turned up as by fire. 6 Its stones are the place of sapphires,* and its dust contains gold. 7 ‘That path no bird of prey knows, and the falcon’s eye has not seen it. 8 The proud wild animals have not trodden it; the lion has not passed over it. 9 ‘They put their hand to the flinty rock, and overturn mountains by the roots. 10 They cut out channels in the rocks, and their eyes see every precious thing. 11 The sources of the rivers they probe;* hidden things they bring to light. 12 ‘But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? 13 Mortals do not know the way to it,* and it is not found in the land of the living. 14 The deep says, “It is not in me”, and the sea says, “It is not with me.” 15 It cannot be bought for gold, and silver cannot be weighed out as its price. 16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire.* 17 Gold and glass cannot equal it, nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold. 18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; the price of wisdom is above pearls. 19 The chrysolite of Ethiopia* cannot compare with it, nor can it be valued in pure gold. 20 ‘Where then does wisdom come from? And where is the place of understanding? 21 It is hidden from the eyes of all living and concealed from the birds of the air. 22 Abaddon and Death say, “We have heard a rumour of it with our ears.” 23 ‘God understands the way to it, and he knows its place. 24 For he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens. 25 When he gave to the wind its weight, and apportioned out the waters by measure; 26 when he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the thunderbolt; 27 then he saw it and declared it; he established it, and searched it out. 28 And he said to humankind, “Truly, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” 

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


The Song of Simeon    Nunc Dimittis, Luke 2:29-32 (together) 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, *     wh