Saturday evening September 15

Sunday evening
Friday 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.



Gracious Redeemer, Shake This Slumber

Charles Wesley

Gracious Redeemer, shake

This slumber from my soul!

Say to me now, "Awake, awake!

And Christ shall make thee whole."

Lay to thy mighty hand!

Alarm me in this hour,

And make me fully understand

The thunder of thy power.

Give me on thee to call,

Always to watch and pray,

Lest I into temptation fall,

And cast my shield away;

For each assault prepared

And ready may I be,

Forever standing on my guard,

And looking up to thee.

O do thou always warn

My soul of evil near!

When to the right or left I turn,

Thy voice still let me hear;

"Come back! this is the way,

Come back, and walk herein!"

O may I hearken and obey,

And shun the paths of sin!

Confession of sin

The Lord is compassionate and merciful,

very patient, and full of faithful love.

He doesn’t deal with us according to our sin

or repay us according to our wrongdoing.

Because as high as heaven is above the earth,

that’s how large God’s faithful love is for those who honor him.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Holy God,

Holy and strong,

Holy and immortal,

have mercy upon us.

As far as east is from west—

that’s how far God has removed our sin from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,

that’s how the Lord feels compassion for those who honor him.

Let my whole being bless the Lord.

Let everything inside me bless his holy name.

Let my whole being bless the Lord,

and never forget all his good deeds.

The Word of God

Psalm 45


My heart and my body will rejoice out loud to the living God!

A marvelous word has stirred my heart

as I mention my works to the king.

My tongue is the pen of a skillful scribe.

You are the most handsome of men;

grace has been poured out on your lips.

No wonder God has blessed you forever!

Strap on your sword, great warrior,

with your glory and grandeur.

Go and succeed in your grandeur!

Ride out on behalf of truth, humility, and righteousness!

Let your strong hand perform awesome deeds.

Let the peoples fall beneath you.

May your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies.

Your divine throne is eternal and everlasting.

Your royal scepter is a scepter of justice.

You love righteousness and hate wickedness.

No wonder God, your God, has anointed you

with the oil of joy more than all your companions!

All your clothes have the pleasing scent of myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

The music of stringed instruments coming from ivory palaces entertains you.

The royal princess is standing in your precious jewels;

the queen stands at your right, dressed in the gold of Ophir.

Listen, daughter; pay attention, and listen closely!

Forget your people and your father’s house.

Let the king desire your beauty.

Because he is your master, bow down to him now.

The city of Tyre, the wealthiest of all,

will seek your favor with gifts, with riches of every sort

for the royal princess, dressed in pearls,

her robe embroidered with gold.

In robes of many colors, she is led to the king.

Her attendants, the young women servants following her,

are presented to you as well.

As they enter the king’s palace,

they are led in with celebration and joy.

Your sons, great king, will succeed your fathers;

you will appoint them as princes throughout the land.

I will perpetuate your name from one generation to the next

so the peoples will praise you forever and always.

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.


My heart and my body will rejoice out loud to the living God!

Psalm prayer

Lord our God,

bring your bride, your holy church,

with joy to the marriage feast of heaven,

and unite us with your anointed Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 46


The Lord of heavenly forces is with us!

God is our refuge and strength,

a help always near in times of great trouble.

That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart,

when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea,

when its waters roar and rage,

when the mountains shake because of its surging waves.

There is a river whose streams gladden God’s city,

the holiest dwelling of the Most High.

God is in that city. It will never crumble.

God will help it when morning dawns.

Nations roar; kingdoms crumble.

God utters his voice; the earth melts.

The Lord of heavenly forces is with us!

The God of Jacob is our place of safety.

Come, see the Lord’s deeds,

what devastation he has imposed on the earth—

bringing wars to an end in every corner of the world,

breaking the bow and shattering the spear,

burning chariots with fire.

“That’s enough! Now know that I am God!

I am exalted among all nations; I am exalted throughout the world!”

The Lord of heavenly forces is with us!

The God of Jacob is our place of safety.

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 of heavenly forces is with us!

Psalm prayer

God of Jacob,

when the earth shakes

and the nations are in uproar,

speak, and let the storm be still;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Zechariah 14:12-21

This will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who

swarmed against Jerusalem:

their flesh will rot, even while standing on their feet;

their eyes will rot in their sockets;

and their tongues will rot in their mouths.

On that day, a great panic brought on by the Lord will fall upon them;

they will all grasp at the hand of their neighbors;

neighbors will attack each other.

Even Judah will fight in Jerusalem.

The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected:

gold, silver, and a great abundance of garments.

This plague will also affect the horses, mules, camels, donkeys, and any cattle in those camps during this plague.

All those left from all the nations who attacked Jerusalem will go up annually to pay homage to the king, the Lord of heavenly forces, and to celebrate the Festival of Booths.

Whoever among the families of the earth doesn’t go up to Jerusalem to pay homage to the king, the Lord of heavenly forces, upon them no rain will fall.

And if the family of Egypt doesn’t go up and doesn’t present itself, then no rain will fall on them. There will be a plague like the one with which the Lord struck the nations that didn’t go up to celebrate the Festival of Booths.

This would be the sin of Egypt and the sin of all the nations who don’t go up to celebrate the Festival of Booths.

On that day, Holy to the Lord will be inscribed on the bells of the horses,

and the pots in the Lord’s house will be holy like the bowls before the altar.

Every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the Lord of heavenly forces.

All those who sacrifice will come.

They will take some of the pots and cook with them.

There will no longer be any merchants in the house of the Lord of heavenly forces on that day.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Mark 12:18-27

Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a widow but no children, the brother must marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman; when he died, he left no children. The second married her and died without leaving any children. The third did the same. None of the seven left any children. Finally, the woman died. At the resurrection, when they all rise up, whose wife will she be? All seven were married to her.”

Jesus said to them, “Isn’t this the reason you are wrong, because you don’t know either the scriptures or God’s power? When people rise from the dead, they won’t marry nor will they be given in marriage. Instead, they will be like God’s angels. As for the resurrection from the dead, haven’t you read in the scroll from Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God said to Moses, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He isn’t the God of the dead but of the living. You are seriously mistaken.”

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:

Our homes, families, friends and all whom we love

Those whose time is spent caring for others

Those who are close to death

Those who have lost hope

The worship of the church

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


Lord, hear your people

and answer our prayers.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers

of your people who call upon you;

and grant that they may both perceive and know

what things they ought to do,

and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill them;

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.