You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. (Psalm 18:28, NIV)
Lord, we need you all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed. We need you until the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in your mercy, grant to all who are baptized into the life and death of your Son a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection
This is the good news: The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all! Through Jesus, you are forgiven! (from Titus 2:11)
Lord, open our lips •
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise!
EVENING FOCUS: Psalm 22:7-11
7 All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
(Please Note: For 2018, morning and evening Psalms will follow the schedule laid out in the Daily Lectionary. A short excerpt from one of the Psalms will be included as well as a link to the daily Psalms.)
The OT Lesson: Genesis 6:1-8 (NIV)
When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
The word of the Lord; •
Thanks be to God!
The NT Lesson: Hebrews 3:12-19
12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”
16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit; •
as it was in the beginning
is now and shall be for ever. Amen.
• the Christian congregations and ministries in our neighborhoods, for unity and boldness in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
• a deeper experience of God’s love and renewed hope in the resurrection of Jesus.
• The people and churches of: Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, South Korea, North Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait and Kyrgyzstan
Conclude with the Lord’s Prayer and/or the Collect of the Week
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.Amen.
The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night. •
The Lord almighty grant us a perfect end. Amen.