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Even Song - Thursday after Advent 2

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Even Song - Thursday after Advent 2

Service Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020



Invitation



Thursday - Evensong Invitation


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Grace to you and peace from God our Fa-ther
and from/the Lord Je-sus Christ.
Wor-ship the Lord in/the beau-ty of his holi-ness;
let the whole earth trem-ble be-fore him.

Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as in-cense,
the lifting up of my hands as the eve-ning sacri-fice.
I will bless the Lord who gives me coun-sel;
my heart teaches me, night after night.

I have set the Lord al-ways be-fore me;
be-cause he is at my right hand, I shall not fall.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to/the Fath-er, and to/the Son,
and to/the Ho-ly Spi-rit:
as it was in/the be-ginning, is now,
and will be for-ever A-men.


Thursday - O Gracious Light


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O gra-cious light, pure bright-ness
of the ever-liv-ing Fath-er in heav-en,
O Je-sus Christ, holy and bless-ed!
we sing your prais-es, O God!

Now as we come to/the setting of/the sun,
and our eyes be-hold the ves-per light,
we sing your prais-es, O God:
Fath-er, Son, and Ho-ly Spi-rit.

You are worthy at all times
to be praised by happy voic-es,
O Son of God, O Giver of life,
and to be glori-fied through all the worlds.


Psalms



Psalm 37:19-42


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They will not be/a-shamed when hard times come;
when fam-ine comes they will have e-nough to eat.
But evil men will die;
the Lord's ene-mies will be in-ciner-at-ed

they will go up in smoke.
Evil men borrow, but do not re-pay their debts,
but the god-ly show com-passion and are gener-ous.
Sure-ly those fa-vored by/the Lord will pos-sess the land,

but those re-jected by him will be wiped out.
The Lord grants suc-cess to/the one he finds com-mend-a-ble.
Even if he trips, he will not fall head-long,
for the Lord holds his hand.

I was once young, now I am old.
I have never seen a god-ly man a-ban-doned,
or his children forced to search for food.
All day long he shows com-passion and lends to oth-ers,

and his children are blessed.
Turn a-way from e-vil! Do what is right!
Then you will en-joy lasting se-curi-ty.
For the Lord pro-motes jus-tice,

God never a-ban-dons his faithful follow-ers.
They are perma-nent-ly se-cure,
but the children of evil men are wiped out.
The god-ly will pos-sess the land

and will dwell in it perma-nent-ly.
The god-ly speak wise words
and pro-mote jus-tice.
The law of their God con-trols their think-ing;

Their feet do not slip.
E-vil men set/an am-bush for/the god-ly
and try to kill them.
But the Lord does not sur-render the god-ly,

Nor al-low them to be con-demned in/a court of law.
Re-ly on/the Lord! O-bey his com-mands!
Then he will per-mit you to pos-sess the land;
you will see the de-mise of evil men.

I have seen ruthless evil men growing in in-flu-ence,
like a green tree grows in its native soil.
But then one passes by,
and sudden-ly they have disap-peared!

I looked for them,
but they could not be found.
Ob-serve the up-right!
Take note of/the one who has in-tegri-ty!

For the one who pro-motes peace has a fu-ture.
Sin-ful rebels are total-ly de-stroyed;
e-vil men have no fu-ture.
But the Lord de-livers the god-ly;

He pro-tects them in times of trou-ble.
The Lord helps them and res-cues them;
He res-cues them from evil men and de-livers them,
for they seek his pro-tec-tion.

Glory to/the Fath-er, and to/the Son,
and to/the Ho-ly Spi-rit:
as it was in/the be-ginning, is now,
and will be for-ever A-men.


Readings



A reading from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12


Now regarding the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to be with him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to be easily shaken from your composure or disturbed by any kind of spirit or message or letter allegedly from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not arrive until the rebellion comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, and as a result he takes his seat in God’s temple, displaying himself as God. Surely you recall that I used to tell you these things while I was still with you. And so you know what holds him back, so that he will be revealed in his own time. For the hidden power of lawlessness is already at work. However, the one who holds him back will do so until he is taken out of the way, and then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will destroy by the breath of his mouth and wipe out by the manifestation of his arrival. The arrival of the lawless one will be by Satan’s working with all kinds of miracles and signs and false wonders, and with every kind of evil deception directed against those who are perishing, because they found no place in their hearts for the truth so as to be saved. Consequently God sends on them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false. And so all of them who have not believed the truth but have delighted in evil will be condemned.

Here ends the reading.
Thanks be to God!

Thursday - Song of Praise


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Glory to you, Lord God of our fath-ers;
you are worthy of praise; glory to you.
Glory to you for/the radi-ance of your holy Name;
we will praise you and highly ex-alt you for ev-er.

Glory to you in/the splen-dor of your tem-ple;
on the throne of your maj-es-ty, glory to you.
Glory to you, seated be-tween the Cher-u-bim;
we will praise you and highly ex-alt you for ev-er.

Glory to you, be-hold-ing the depths;
in the high vault of heav-en, glory to you.
Glory to you, Fath-er, Son, and Ho-ly Spi-rit;
we will praise you and highly ex-alt you for ev-er.


A reading from Luke 22:1-13


Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching. The chief priests and the experts in the law were trying to find some way to execute Jesus, for they were afraid of the people.

Then Satan entered Judas, the one called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. He went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers of the temple guard how he might betray Jesus, handing him over to them. They were delighted and arranged to give him money. So Judas agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus when no crowd was present.

Then the day for the feast of Unleavened Bread came, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us to eat.” They said to him, “Where do you want us to prepare it?” He said to them, “Listen, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters, and tell the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ Then he will show you a large furnished room upstairs. Make preparations there.” So they went and found things just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

Here ends the reading.
Thanks be to God!

Thursday - Song of Simeon


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Lord, you now have set your ser-vant free
to go in peace as you have prom-ised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Sav-ior,
whom you have pre-pared for all the world to see:

A Light to en-light-en the na-tions,
and the glory of your people Is-ra-el.
Lord, you now have set your ser-vant free
to go in peace as you have prom-ised;

Glory to/the Fath-er, and to/the Son,
and to/the Ho-ly Spi-rit:
as it was in/the be-ginning, is now,
and will be for-ever. A-men.


Prayers



Thursday Creed


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We be-lieve in God, the Fath-er al-might-y,
cre-a-tor of heaven and earth.
We be-lieve in Je-sus Christ,
his on-ly son, our Lord.

He was con-ceived by/the power of/the Ho-ly Spi-rit
and born of/the Vir-gin Mar-y.
He suffered under Pon-tius Pi-late,
was cruci-fied, died, and was bur-ied.

He de-scended to/the dead.
On the third day he rose a-gain.
He a-scended into heav-en,
and is seated at/the right hand of/the Fath-er.

He will come a-gain
to judge the living and the dead.
We be-lieve in/the Ho-ly Spi-rit,
the _ holy catho-lic Church,

the com-mun-ion of saints,
the for-give-ness of sins,
the resur-rec-tion of/the bod-y,
and the life ever-last-ing. A-men.




Thursday - Our Father


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The Lord be with you.
And al-so with _ you.
Our Fath-er in heav-en,
hal-low-ed be your Name.

Your king-dom come,
your will be done on earth
as it is in heav-en.
Give us to-day our dai-ly bread.

For-give us our sins
as we _ for-give those
who sin a-gainst us.
Save us from/the time of tri-al,

De-liver us from e-vil.
For the king-dom, the pow-er,
and the glory are yours,
now and for-ever A-men.




Thursday - Evening Suffrages A


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Show us your mer-cy, O Lord;
And grant us your sal-va-tion.
Clothe your minis-ters with righteous-ness;
Let your people sing with joy.

Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safe-ty.
Lord, keep this na-tion under your care;
And guide us in/the way of justice and truth.

Let your way be known up-on earth;
Your sav-ing health among all na-tions.
Let not the need-y, O Lord, be for-got-ten;
Nor the hope of/the poor be taken a-way.

Cre-ate in us clean hearts, O God;
And sus-tain us by your Ho-ly Spi-rit.
Show us your mer-cy, O Lord;
And grant us your sal-va-tion.




Collect of the Day


Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.

Amen.

A Collect for Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Prayer for Mission

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.





A Prayer of Saint Chrysostom


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Al-might-y God,
you have given us grace at this time
with one ac-cord
to make our common sup-pli-ca-tion to you;

and you have prom-ised
through your well-be-loved Son
that when two or three are gathered in his Name
you will be in/the midst of them:

Ful-fill now, O Lord, our de-sires and pe-ti-tions
as may be best for us;
granting us in this world knowl-edge of your truth,
and in/the age to come life ever-lasting. A-men.


Thursday - Closing Eph 3_20


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Let us bless the Lord. Alle-lu-ia, Alle-lu-ia!
Thanks be to God. Alle-lu-ia, Alle-lu-ia!
Glory to God whose power, working in us,
can do infi-nite-ly more than we can ask or im-ag-ine

Glory to him from gener-a-tion to gener-a-tion in/the Church,
and in Christ Je-sus for-ever and ever A-men.
Let us bless the Lord. Alle-lu-ia, Alle-lu-ia!
Thanks be to God. Alle-lu-ia, Alle-lu-ia!


Music from the Vox Barnabas Psalter, a collection of 60 Chant Scores by John Johansen,
released to Public Domain March 30, 2020.
Scriptures from the New English Translation(NET) Bible, used with permission.

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