Tuesday evening August 23

Wednesday evening
Monday evening


Opening response

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Lord God, creator of day and night:
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As darkness falls you renew your promise
to reveal among us the light of your presence.
By the light of Christ, your living Word,
dispel the darkness of our hearts
that we may walk as children of light
and sing your praise throughout the world.
Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God forever.


Blest Be Our Everlasting Lord

Charles Wesley

Blest be our everlasting Lord,
Our Father, God, and King!
Thy sovereign goodness we record,
Thy glorious power we sing.

By thee the victory is given:
The majesty divine,
Wisdom and might, and earth and heaven,
And all therein are thine.

The kingdom, Lord, is thine alone,
Who dost thy right maintain,
And high on thine eternal throne,
Over men and angels reign.

Riches, as seemeth good to thee,
Thou dost, and honor give;
And kings their power and dignity
Out of thy hand receive.

Thou hast on us the grace bestowed,
Thy greatness to proclaim;
And therefore now thank we our God,
And praise thy glorious name.

Thy glorious name, thy nature’s powers,
Thou hast to man made known;
And all the Deity is ours,
Through thy incarnate Son.

Confession of sin

Let us admit to God the sin which always confronts us.

A time of silence and self-examination may be kept.

Almighty God,
patient and of great goodness:
I confess to you,
I confess with my whole heart
my neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments,
my wrong doing, thinking, and speaking;
the hurts I have done to others,
and the good I have left undone.
O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;
and raise me to newness of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

May the God of love and power
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.

The Word of God

Psalm 134

Let my whole being bless the Lord!

All you who serve the Lord: bless the Lord right now!
    All you who minister in the Lord’s house at night: bless God!
Lift up your hands to the sanctuary
    and bless the Lord!
May the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth,
    bless you from Zion.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen.

Let my whole being bless the Lord!

Psalm prayer

Guard all your household, Lord,
through the dark night of faith,
and purify the hearts of those who wait on you,
until your kingdom dawns with the
rising of your Son,
Christ, the morning star.

Psalm 135

Praise the Lord, because the Lord is good!

Praise the Lord!
    Praise the Lord’s name!
    All you who serve the Lord, praise God!
All you who stand in the Lord’s house—
        who stand in the courtyards of our God’s temple—
    praise the Lord, because the Lord is good!
        Sing praises to God’s name because it is beautiful!
Because the Lord chose Jacob as his own,
    God chose Israel as his treasured possession.

Yes, I know for certain that the Lord is great—
    I know our Lord is greater than all other gods.
The Lord can do whatever he wants
    in heaven or on earth,
    in the seas and in every ocean depth.
God forms clouds at the far corners of the earth.
    God makes lightning for the rain.
    God releases the wind from its storeroom.
    God struck down the Egyptians’ oldest offspring—
        both human and animal!
God sent signs and wonders into the very center of Egypt—
    against Pharaoh and all his servants.
God struck down many nations
    and killed mighty kings:
Sihon the Amorite king,
    Og the king of Bashan,
    and all the Canaanite kings.
Then God handed their land over as an inheritance—
    as an inheritance to Israel, his own people.

Lord, your name is forever!
    Lord, your fame extends from one generation to the next!
The Lord gives justice to his people
    and has compassion on those who serve him.

The nations’ idols are just silver and gold—
    things made by human hands.
They have mouths, but they can’t speak.
    They have eyes, but they can’t see.
They have ears, but they can’t listen.
    No, there’s no breath in their lungs!
Let the people who made these idols
    and all who trust in them
    become just like them!

House of Israel, bless the Lord!
    House of Aaron, bless the Lord!
    House of Levi, bless the Lord!
    You who honor the Lord, bless the Lord!
Bless the Lord from Zion—
    bless the one who lives in Jerusalem!

Praise the Lord!

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen.

Praise the Lord, because the Lord is good!

Psalm prayer

Wise and gracious God,
save us from the idols of our hearts
and keep us in your living presence,
that we may become a people for your praise
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Proverbs 25:15-28

A commander can be persuaded with patience,
    and a tender tongue can break a bone.
If you find honey, eat just the right amount;
    otherwise, you’ll get full and vomit it up.
Don’t spend too much time in your neighbor’s house.
    Otherwise, they’ll get fed up with you and hate you.
People who testify falsely against their neighbors
    are like a club, sword, and sharpened arrow.
Trusting a treacherous person at a difficult time
    is like having a bad tooth or a wobbly foot.
Singing a song to a troubled heart
    is like taking off a garment on a cold day
    or putting vinegar on a wound.
If your enemies are starving, feed them some bread;
    if they are thirsty, give them water to drink.
By doing this, you will heap burning coals on their heads,
    and the Lord will reward you.
The north wind stirs up rain,
    and a person who plots quietly provokes angry faces.
Better to live on the edge of a roof
    than to share a house with a contentious woman.
Good news from a distant land
    is like cold water for a weary person.
A righteous person giving in to the wicked
    is like a contaminated spring or a polluted fountain.
Eating too much honey isn’t good,
    nor is it appropriate to seek honor.
A person without self-control
    is like a breached city, one with no walls.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Mark 8:22-26

Jesus and his disciples came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to Jesus and begged him to touch and heal him. Taking the blind man’s hand, Jesus led him out of the village. After spitting on his eyes and laying his hands on the man, he asked him, “Do you see anything?”

The man looked up and said, “I see people. They look like trees, only they are walking around.”

Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again. He looked with his eyes wide open, his sight was restored, and he could see everything clearly. Then Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t go into the village!”

Silence may be kept.

Gospel canticle
The Magnificat (The Song of Mary)

You show mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors you as God.

With all my heart I glorify the Lord!
In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.
He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant.
Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored
because the mighty one has done great things for me.
Holy is his name.
He shows mercy to everyone,
from one generation to the next,
who honors him as God.
He has shown strength with his arm.
He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations.
He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones
and lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty-handed.
He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
remembering his mercy, 
just as he promised to our ancestors, 
to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.

Luke 1:46-55

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen.

You show mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors you as God.

Brief silence.

The Apostle’s Creed

Let us unite in this historic confession of the Christian faith: 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


Thanksgiving and intercession

Thanksgiving may be made for the day.
Intercessions are offered
for peace
for individuals and their needs


God of grace,
hear our prayer.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

Almighty God,
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.         

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Savior taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and forever.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.