Tuesday evening September 11

Wednesday evening
Monday evening


Opening response

Favor us, Lord, and deliver us.
Lord, come quickly and help us.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Lord God, creator of day and night:

to you be praise and glory forever.

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.

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful,

let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,

so may your mercy come down upon us

to cleanse our hearts

and set us free to sing your praise

now and forever.



Rejoice, the Lord is King!

Charles Wesley

Rejoice, the Lord is King!

Your Lord and King adore,

Mortals, give thanks, and sing,

And triumph evermore;

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice,

Rejoice, again, I say, rejoice.

Jesus the Savior reigns,

The God of truth and love,

When he had purged our stains,

He took his seat above:

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice,

Rejoice, again, I say, rejoice.

His kingdom cannot fail,

He rules over earth and heaven;

The keys of death and hell

Are to our Jesus given:

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice,

Rejoice, again, I say, rejoice.

He sits at God’s right hand,

Till all his foes submit,

And bow to his command,

And fall beneath his feet.

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice,

Rejoice, again, I say, rejoice.

He all his foes shall quell,

Shall all our sins destroy,

And every bosom swell

With pure seraphic joy;

Lift up your heart, lift up your voice,

Rejoice, again, I say, rejoice.

Rejoice in glorious hope,

Jesus the judge shall come;

And take his servants up

To their eternal home:

We soon shall hear the archangel’s voice,

The trump of God shall sound, Rejoice.

Confession of sin

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

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 neighbors 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.

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.


The Word of God

Psalm 33

The Lord’s faithful love fills the whole earth.

All you who are righteous,

shout joyfully to the Lord!

It’s right for those who do right to praise God.

Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre!

Sing praises to him with the ten-stringed harp!

Sing to him a new song!

Play your best with joyful shouts!

Because the Lord’s word is right,

his every act is done in good faith.

He loves righteousness and justice;

the Lord’s faithful love fills the whole earth.

The skies were made by the Lord’s word,

all their starry multitude by the breath of his mouth.

He gathered the ocean waters into a heap;

he put the deep seas into storerooms.

All the earth honors the Lord;

all the earth’s inhabitants stand in awe of him.

Because when he spoke, it happened!

When he commanded, there it was!

The Lord overrules what the nations plan;

he frustrates what the peoples intend to do.

But the Lord’s plan stands forever;

what he intends to do lasts from one generation to the next.

The nation whose God is the Lord,

the people whom God has chosen as his possession,

is truly happy!

The Lord looks down from heaven;

he sees every human being.

From his dwelling place God observes

all who live on earth.

God is the one who made all their hearts,

the one who knows everything they do.

Kings aren’t saved by the strength of their armies;

warriors aren’t rescued by how much power they have.

A warhorse is a bad bet for victory;

it can’t save despite its great strength.

But look here: the Lord’s eyes watch all who honor him,

all who wait for his faithful love,

to deliver their lives from death

and keep them alive during a famine.

We put our hope in the Lord.

He is our help and our shield.

Our heart rejoices in God

because we trust his holy name.

Lord, let your faithful love surround us

because we wait for 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 forever. Amen.


The Lord’s faithful love fills the whole earth.

Psalm prayer

Feed your people, Lord,

with your holy word

and free us from the emptiness of our

wrongful desires,

that we may sing the new song of salvation

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Zechariah 11:4-17

This is what the Lord my God says:

Shepherd the flock intended for slaughter.

Those who buy them will kill them,

but they will go unpunished.

Those who sell them will say,

“Blessed is the Lord, for I have become rich.”

And their own shepherds won’t spare them.

In fact, I will no longer spare the inhabitants of the land, says the Lord.

But look what I am about to bring upon humanity,

upon each of them by their neighbor’s hand and by the hand of their king:

They will beat the land to pieces,

but I won’t rescue anyone from their hand.

So I shepherded the flock intended for slaughter,

the afflicted of the flock.

I took two staffs for myself.

I named one Delight;

the other I named Harmony.

I shepherded the flock.

I removed three shepherds in one month

when I grew impatient with them.

Moreover, they detested me.

Then I said, “I won’t shepherd you.

Let the dying die,

and let what is to be removed be removed.

Let those who are left devour the flesh of their neighbor.”

Then I took the staff Delight,

and I chopped it up in order to break my covenant that I had made with all the peoples.

It was broken on that day.

As a result, the afflicted of the flock knew that it was the Lord’s word.

And I said to them,

“If it appears good to you, give me my wages;

but if not, then stop.”

So they weighed out my wages, thirty shekels of silver.

The Lord said to me,

“Put it in the treasury.

They value me at too magnificent a price.”

So I took the thirty shekels of silver

and put them in the treasury of the Lord’s house.

Then I chopped up my second staff Harmony,

to break the alliance between Judah and Israel.

Then the Lord said to me,

“Take for yourself again the equipment of a foolish shepherd,

because I am about to appoint a shepherd in the land.

He won’t tend to those who have been removed.

He won’t seek the young or heal the broken.

He won’t sustain the one standing.

Instead, he will devour the flesh of the fat ones, even tearing off their hooves.

Doom, foolish shepherd who forsakes the flock.

A sword will strike his arm and his right eye.

His arm will wither completely;

his right eye will become blind.”

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Mark 11:12-25

The next day, after leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. From far away, he noticed a fig tree in leaf, so he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing except leaves, since it wasn’t the season for figs. So he said to it, “No one will ever again eat your fruit!” His disciples heard this.

They came into Jerusalem. After entering the temple, he threw out those who were selling and buying there. He pushed over the tables used for currency exchange and the chairs of those who sold doves. He didn’t allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. He taught them, “Hasn’t it been written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you’ve turned it into a hideout for crooks.” The chief priests and legal experts heard this and tried to find a way to destroy him. They regarded him as dangerous because the whole crowd was enthralled at his teaching. When it was evening, Jesus and his disciples went outside the city.

Early in the morning, as Jesus and his disciples were walking along, they saw the fig tree withered from the root up. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look how the fig tree you cursed has dried up.”

Jesus responded to them, “Have faith in God! I assure you that whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea’—and doesn’t waver but believes that what is said will really happen—it will happen. Therefore I say to you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you will receive it, and it will be so for you. And whenever you stand up to pray, if you have something against anyone, forgive so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your wrongdoings.”

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

Prayers may include the following concerns:

All who are sick in body, mind or spirit

Those in the midst of famine or disaster

Victims of abuse and violence, intolerance and prejudice

Those who are bereaved

All who work in the medical and healing professions

Other intercessions and supplications may be offered as the Holy Spirit leads.


Lord of life
In your mercy, hear us.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit

upon your church in the burning fire of your love:

grant that your people may be fervent

in the fellowship of the gospel

that, always abiding in you,

they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive 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.