Thursday evening September 13

Friday evening
Wednesday 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.



Christ, Whose Glory Fills The Skies

Charles Wesley

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,

Christ, the true, the only light,

Sun of Righteousness, arise!

Triumph over the shades of night;

Dayspring from on high, be near;

Daystar, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn

Unaccompanied by thee;

Joyless is the day's return,

Till thy mercy's beams I see;

Till they inward light impart,

Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine;

Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;

Fill me, Radiancy Divine;

Scatter all my unbelief;

More and more thyself display,

Shining to the perfect day.

Confession of sin

Seek the Lord when he can still be found;

call him while he is yet near.

Let the wicked abandon their ways

and the sinful their schemes.

Let them return to the Lord so that he may have mercy on them,

to our God, because he is generous with forgiveness.

cf Isaiah 55

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

Lord God,

we have sinned against you;

we have committed evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent.

Have mercy on us according to your faithful love.

Wash us completely clean of our guilt; purify us from our sin.

Put a new, faithful spirit deep inside us,

and return the joy of your salvation to us

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


cf Psalm 51

May the Father of all mercies

cleanse us from our sins,

and restore us in his image

to the praise and glory of his name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Bless the Lord,

because he has listened to our request for mercy.

Therefore our hearts will rejoice

and we will thank him with our song.

cf Psalm 28:7,9

The Word of God

Psalm 39


Hear my prayer, Lord! Listen closely to my cry for help!

I promised I would watch my steps

so as not to sin with my tongue;

promised to keep my mouth shut

as long as the wicked were in my presence.

So I was completely quiet, silent.

I kept my peace, but it did no good.

My pain got worse.

My heart got hot inside me;

while stewing over it, the fire burned.

Then I spoke out with my tongue:

“Let me know my end, Lord.

How many days do I have left?

I want to know how brief my time is.”

You’ve made my days so short;

my lifetime is like nothing in your eyes.

Yes, a human life is nothing but a puff of air!

Yes, people wander around like shadows;

yes, they hustle and bustle, but pointlessly;

they don’t even know who will get the wealth they’ve amassed.

So now, Lord, what should I be waiting for?

My hope is set on you.

Deliver me from all my sins;

don’t make me some foolish person’s joke.

I am completely silent; I won’t open my mouth

because you have acted.

Get this plague of yours off me!

I’m being destroyed by the blows from your fist.

You discipline people for their sin, punishing them;

like a moth, you ruin what they treasure.

Yes, a human life is just a puff of air!

Hear my prayer, Lord!

Listen closely to my cry for help!

Please don’t ignore my tears!

I’m just a foreigner—

an immigrant staying with you,

just like all my ancestors were.

Look away from me

so I can be happy again

before I pass away and am gone.

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.


Hear my prayer, Lord! Listen closely to my cry for help!

Psalm prayer

O Christ, Son of the living God,

help us when we are too cast down to pray,

and grant that we may trust you all our days,

for you are with us in our living and our dying,

Jesus, Lord and God.

Psalm 40


You’ve done so many things—your wonderful deeds and your plans for us—no one can compare with you!

I put all my hope in the Lord.

He leaned down to me;

he listened to my cry for help.

He lifted me out of the pit of death,

out of the mud and filth,

and set my feet on solid rock.

He steadied my legs.

He put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise for our God.

Many people will learn of this and be amazed;

they will trust the Lord.

Those who put their trust in the Lord,

who pay no attention to the proud

or to those who follow lies,

are truly happy!

You, Lord my God!

You’ve done so many things—

your wonderful deeds and your plans for us—

no one can compare with you!

If I were to proclaim and talk about all of them,

they would be too numerous to count!

You don’t relish sacrifices or offerings;

you don’t require entirely burned offerings or compensation offerings—

but you have given me ears!

So I said, “Here I come!

I’m inscribed in the written scroll.

I want to do your will, my God.

Your Instruction is deep within me.”

I’ve told the good news of your righteousness

in the great assembly.

I didn’t hold anything back—

as you well know, Lord!

I didn’t keep your righteousness only to myself.

I declared your faithfulness and your salvation.

I didn’t hide your loyal love and trustworthiness

from the great assembly.

So now you, Lord—

don’t hold back any of your compassion from me.

Let your loyal love and faithfulness always protect me,

because countless evils surround me.

My wrongdoings have caught up with me—

I can’t see a thing!

There’s more of them than hairs on my head—

my courage leaves me.

Favor me, Lord, and deliver me!

Lord, come quickly and help me!

Let those who seek my life, who want me dead,

be disgraced and put to shame.

Let those who want to do me harm

be thoroughly frustrated and humiliated.

Let those who say to me, “Yes! Oh, yes!”

be destroyed by their shame.

But let all who seek you

celebrate and rejoice in you.

Let those who love your salvation always say,

“The Lord is great!”

But me? I’m weak and needy.

Let my Lord think of me.

You are my help and my rescuer.

My God, don’t wait any longer!

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’ve done so many things—your wonderful deeds and your plans for us—no one can compare with you!

Psalm prayer

Free us from our sins, God,

and may our sacrifices be of praise

to the glory of your Son,

our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Old Testament reading
Zechariah 13

On that day, a fountain will open

to cleanse the sin and impurity of David’s house and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

On that day, says the Lord of heavenly forces,

I will eliminate the names of the idols from the land;

they will no longer be remembered.

Moreover, I will remove the prophets and the sinful spirit from the land.

If anyone again prophesies,

then that person’s birth father and mother will say,

“You won’t live, for you have told a lie in the name of the Lord.”

That person’s own birth father and mother will stab him when he prophesies.

On that day each of the prophets will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies

and won’t put on a shaggy coat in order to deceive.

Each will say, “I’m not a prophet.

I’m a man who works the ground, for the soil has been my occupation since I was young.”

Someone will say to him,

“What are these wounds between your hands?”

And he will say, “These happened when I was hit in my friends’ home.”

Sword, arise against my shepherd,

against the man responsible for my community, says the Lord of heavenly forces!

Strike the shepherd in order to scatter the flock!

I will turn my hand against the little ones.

Throughout all the land, says the Lord,

two-thirds will be cut off and die;

but one-third will be left in it.

I will put the third part into the fire.

I will refine them like one refines silver;

I will test them like one tests gold.

They will call on my name, and I will respond to them.

I will say, “They are my people.”

And they will say, “The Lord is our God.”

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Mark 12:1-12

Jesus spoke to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the winepress, and built a tower. Then he rented it to tenant farmers and took a trip. When it was time, he sent a servant to collect from the tenants his share of the fruit of the vineyard. But they grabbed the servant, beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. Again the landowner sent another servant to them, but they struck him on the head and treated him disgracefully. He sent another one; that one they killed. The landlord sent many other servants, but the tenants beat some and killed others. Now the landowner had one son whom he loved dearly. He sent him last, thinking, They will respect my son. But those tenant farmers said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ They grabbed him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

“So what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others. Haven’t you read this scripture, The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. The Lord has done this, and it’s amazing in our eyes?”

They wanted to arrest Jesus because they knew that he had told the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd, so they left him and went away.

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:

Local government, community leaders

All who provide local services

Those who work with young or elderly people

Schools, colleges and universities

Emergency and rescue organizations

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


God of grace,

hear our prayer.

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.