Opening Hymn: LEVAS2 (L176) An Evening Prayer
If I have caused one foot to go astray,
If I have walked in my own willful way,
Dear Lord, forgive!
If I have turned aside from want or pain,
Lest I offend some other through the strain,
Dear Lord, forgive!
If I have longed for shelter in the fold,
When thou hast given me some fort to hold,
Dear Lord, forgive!
Forgive the secret sins I do not see;
O guide me, love me, and my keeper be.
Dear Lord, forgive! Amen.
Psalm 68 Exsurgat Deus
1 Let God arise, and let his enemies | be scat- | tered; *
let those who hate | him flee | before | him.
2 Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives | it a- | way; *
as the wax melts at the fire,
so let the wicked perish at | the pres- | ence of | God.
3 But let the righteous be glad and rejoice | before | God; *
let them also be | merry | and joy- | ful.
4 Sing to God, sing praises to his Name;
exalt him who rides upon | the hea- | vens; *
YAHWEH is his Name, | rejoice | before | him!
5 Father of orphans, defender | of wid- | ows, *
God in his | holy hab- | ita- | tion! God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners in- | to free- | dom; *
but the rebels shall live in | dry pla- | ces.
7 O God, when you went forth | before | your peo- | ple, *
when you marched | through the | wilder- | ness,
8 The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain,
at the presence of God, the God | of Si- | nai, *
at the presence of God, the | God of | Isra- | el.
9 You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your in- | heri- | tance; *
you refreshed the land | when it | was wear- | y.
10 Your people found their | home in | it; *
in your goodness, O God, you have made pro- | vision | for the | poor.
11 The Lord | gave the | word; *
great was the company of women | who bore | the tid- | ings:
12 Kings with their armies are flee- | ing a- | way; *
the women at home are | divid- | ing the | spoils.
13 Though you lingered among | the sheep | folds, *
you shall be like a dove whose wings are covered with silver,
whose fea- | thers are | like green | gold.
14 When the Almighty | scattered | kings, *
it was like snow | falling | in Zal- | mon.
15 O mighty mountain, O hill | of Ba- | shan! *
O rugged mountain, | O hill | of Ba- | shan!
16 Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountain,
at the hill which God chose for his | resting | place? *
truly, the LORD will | dwell there | for ev- | er.
17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
even thousands | of thou- | sands; *
the Lord comes in | holiness | from Si- | nai.
18 You have gone up on high and led captivity captive;
you have received gifts even from your | ene- | mies, *
that the LORD God | might dwell | among | them.
19 Blessed be the Lord | day by | day, *
the God of our salvation, | who bears | our bur- | dens.
20 He is our God, the God of our | salva- | tion; *
God is the LORD, by | whom we | escape | death.
21 God shall crush the heads of his | enem- | ies, *
and the hairy scalp of those who go on still | in their | wicked- | ness.
22 The Lord has said, "I will bring them back | from Ba- | shan; *
I will bring them back from | the depths | of the | sea;
23 That your foot may be | dipped in | blood, *
the tongues of your dogs in the | blood of | your ene- | mies."
24 They see your proces- | sion, O | God, *
your procession into the sanctuary, | my God | and my | King.
25 The singers go before, musicians fol- | low af- | ter, *
in the midst of maidens playing | upon | the hand | drums.
26 Bless God in the con- | grega- | tion; *
bless the LORD, you that are of the | fountain | of Isra- | el.
27 There is Benjamin, least of the tribes, at the head;
the princes of Judah in a | compan- | y; *
and the princes of Zebu- | lon and | Naphtal- | i.
28 Send forth your | strength, O | God; *
establish, O God, what | you have | wrought for | us.
29 Kings shall bring | gifts to | you, *
for your temple's sake | at Je- | rusa- | lem.
30 Rebuke the wild beast | of the | reeds, *
and the peoples, a herd of | wild bulls | with its | calves.
31 Trample down those who lust | after | silver; *
scatter the peoples | that de- | light in | war.
32 Let tribute be brought out | of E- | gypt; *
let Ethiopia stretch | out her | hands to | God.
33 Sing to God, O | kingdoms | of the | earth; *
sing | praises | to the | Lord.
34 He rides in the heavens, the | ancient | heavens; *
he sends forth his | voice, his | mighty | voice.
35 Ascribe | power to | God; *
his majesty is over Israel; his | strength is | in the | skies.
36 How wonderful is God in his | holy | places! *
the God of Israel giving strength and power to his | people!
| Blessed be | God!
LEVAS2 (L264) Our Father
O God, by your Spirit you called Cornelius the Centurion to be the first Christian among the Gentiles: Grant to your Church such a ready will to go where you send and to do what you command, that under your guidance it may welcome all who turn to you in love and faith, and proclaim the Gospel to all nations; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever | and ev- | er.
A Collect for Aid against Perils
Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Mission
O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayers of the people
of the Holy Spirit, be with us all | ever | more.
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly minded,
for with blessing in his hand
Christ our Lord to earth descendeth,
our full homage to command.
as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
in the Body and the Blood
he will give to all the faithful
his own self for heavenly food.
spreads its vanguard on the way.
as the Light of Light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the powers of hell may vanish
as the darkness clears away.
cherubim, with sleepless eye
veil their faces to the Presence,
as with ceaseless voice they cry,
Alleluia, Lord Most High!"