Wednesday Night Lenten Service March 25 2020

Opening Dialogue:

L: Jesus Christ, Light of life, shine in your people here.

C: Jesus Christ, Light of life, shine in your people here.

L: Stay with us now; put fear to flight as evening ushers in the night.

C: Warm the darkness with your love and light, Jesus Christ.

L: Jesus Christ, C: Jesus Christ, L: Light of life, C: Light of life, shine in your people here

L: Jesus Christ, C: Jesus Christ, L: Light of life, C: Light of life, shine in your people here

Hymn of Light

C: Joyous Light of glory, sacred Word made human story, blessed Jesus Christ, of the Father given, Light to earth from Light of heaven: holy endless source of life.

L: As we come to the setting of the sun, and we look to the gold of evening light,

C: we will raise our songs in the praise of your glory as with all universe unite.

C: Joyous Light of glory, sacred Word made human story, blessed Jesus Christ, of the Father given, Light to earth from Light of heaven: holy endless source of life.

L: As we sing, O holy Three in One, fount of life and love and fire divine

C: we rejoice in you with the pure voice of gladness as we let your light within us shine

C: Joyous Light of glory, sacred Word made human story, blessed Jesus Christ, of the Father given, Light to earth from Light of heaven: holy endless source of life.

Thanksgiving for Light (spoken)

L: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

L: We praise and thank you, O God, through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom you have enlightened us by revealing the light that never fades. Night is falling and day’s allotted span draws to a close. The daylight you created for our pleasure has fully satisfied us, and yet, of your free gift, now the evening lights do not fail us. We praise you and glorify you through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom be glory, honor and power to you in the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.

C: Amen.

Psalm and song: Psalm 141 (Sung)

C: We lift our hands in prayer like incense rising and offer our lives to you, O God.

L: God we call for you are near: C: hear us and help us

L: Be now among us here: C: hear us and help us

L: Be thou the loving ear: C: hear us and help us, and all who cry

C: We lift our hands in prayer like incense rising and offer our lives to you, O God.

L: Touch our lips, form every word: C: keep us from evil.

L: Unbind our hearts, O Lord: C: keep us from evil.

L: Remind us we are restored: C: keep us from evil and all its lies

C: We lift our hands in prayer like incense rising and offer our lives to you, O God.

L: As we turn our gaze to you: C: Light of creation;

L: and live our days in you: C: Light of creation;

L: and burn and blaze in you: C: Light of creation, open our eyes

C: We lift our hands in prayer like incense rising and offer our lives to you, O God.

Psalm prayer (Spoken)

L: O God, from the rising of the sun to its setting your name is worthy of praise. Let our prayer rise before you as incense, and with the lifting up of our hands may we offer our whole lives to you, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C: Amen

 Psalm 23 <A Psalm of David.>

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.

Judy Clark’s Message

L: The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart.

C: Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Prayer and Blessings (Sung)

C: God of love, have mercy, and listen to our prayer

L: For peace born of heaven, and for our salvation we pray to you, O

C: God of love, have mercy, and listen to our prayer

L: For peace in the whole world, and peace among all peoples, we pray to you, O

C: God of love, have mercy, and listen to our prayer

L: For all those who govern: give wisdom and compassion; we pray to you, O

C: God of love, have mercy, and listen to our prayer. God of love, hear our prayer. Amen

Concluding prayer: Spoken

L: God of love, we thank you that you have kept us under your protective care in the day that is past. Bring healing to the wounds of this day, those we have inflicted, those we have felt, those that trouble our world. Cover us this night with the wings of your grace, and raise us to a new day with Christ, our light and our peace.

C: Amen.

L: Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Blessing (Sung)

L: Let us bless the Holy One. C: To God our thanks we raise.

L: May God Almighty bless us, guide us and defend us, and lead us into life.

C: Amen, amen, amen.

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